Sky Observation Programmes of Khagol Mandal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mahesh Naik   
Tuesday, 27 June 2006 23:54

Khagol Mandal has been conducting sky observation programmes at [[Vangani]] for past more than 25 years. The overnight programme starts at 6.00 pm (IST) in he eveing and runs upto 5.00 am (IST) next morning thus spanning lmost 11 hours. The general outline of the programme is as follows :

1) 6.00 pm-6.30 pm Registration for the programme
2) 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm - Introduction of Telescopes
3) 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm - First session about eveing sky.
4) 8.30 pm to 9.00 pm - Observations through [[telescopes]]
5) 9.00 pm - 10.00 pm - DINNER BREAK
6) 10.00 pm to 11.30 pm - Second session on Sky
7) 11.30 pm - 12.00 midnight - Observations through [[telescopes]]
8) 12.00 midnight - 12.30 am - First Tea Break
9) 12.30 am - 2.30 am - Slide Show, Quiz, Question Answer session
10) 2.30 am - 3.00 am - Second Tea Break
11) 3.00 am - 4.30 am - Third session on sky
12) 4.30 am - 5.00 am - Observations through [[telescopes]]

These timings are tentetive and may vary slightly depending on seasons and sky condition.
The programmes are attended by students of 10 years to elders upto 65+. Basic toilet facilities are available for gents and ladies. The basic pre-requisite for the prgrammes is your interest in Astronomy. Our experts will guide you through night sky and will teach you all basics throughout the night.

Paraphernalia Required :
You should carry your dinner tiffin, mug for tea, mat for seating on open ground, sweaters, handgloves, water bottle, small torch (covered with red paper).

Location and How to reach :

Khagol Mandal Sky Observation Site
Khagol Mandal Sky Observation Site

Venue:- Chavan Farm House

Next to Vidya Vikas School

Tarangan Marg (Savara Road)Vangani (W)

The observation site is at a walkable distance from Vangani Railway Station ( 7-9 minutes walk), which is on [[Central Railway]] of Mumbai Suburb. A 4.00 pm train on [[Karjat]] route from Mumbai [[Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus]] (CST) will take you to Vangani at about 5.50 pm. This is a station next to [[Badlapur]] Station. Our volunteers will receive you on programme day. The path going towards our site has been names as "Tarangan Marg" by the villagers of [[Vangani]] (shown by green line on the adjoining map).


From [[Pune]] : You can come by local train, from [[Pune]] - [[Lonavala]] route. This is next to Neral -> Shelu fro the other side i.e. [[Pune]].

Programme Schedule : Normally the programmes are arranged on a Saturday Night nearest to New Moon Day (to avoid moonlight). Student examinations, public holidays etc are taken into consideration while scheduling the programmes. Exact dates of the programme will be available to you from our site, from time to time.


Charges : Rs 100 /- per person for Non Members and Rs. 50/- per person for Students below 18 years and Members (Applicable from January 2011 Programme). The charges are for the upkeep of the place and the rents to be paid. Tea given twice during the programme is complimentary from Kahgol Mandal, hence the charges are non-refundable, even if the programmes does not take place, because of incidental heavy rains or for any other reason beyond our control.



Do I need to register for this program? 
You don't need pre-registration for this programme. You can register for the programme on the spot on the site.

Who will be the contact person at the Vangani station? 
Our volunteers will be on the Vangani station to receive between 6:00 p.m. to7.45 p.m. Kindly meet the volunteers near ticket window (There is single ticket window on the platform). They will guide you up to the field. Observation site is at a walkable distance of 7-9 min.

Is there a dinner facility on site?

Khagol Mandal does not offer any dinner facility at the venue but you may contact MR.R.K.Chavan who is the owner of the premises. He can arrange dinner for limited number of people during overnight star gazing No.  0251 2660290 cell: 09420574722

Is there any age restriction for the attendee ?

There is no age limit for the program. Its overnight program consisting of 2/3 star gazing sessions. The program is designed considering people don't know the basics of astronomy.

Do I need to have a telescope or binocular to come to the programme?

No extra instrument is need to be brought. During this over night program you will able to see at least Nine different objects through telescopes arranged by Khagol Mandal. Some open cluster, Globular cluster, Galaxy, binary star, visible planet.This patterns repeats through out the night. It will be supported with Question answer session and Power point presentation /Slide Show/ Short Film.

What if the Sky condition is bad? 

use following link to view satellite images. these images are updated intervals of normally 6 hours. general thumb-rule is if more water vapor seen in image there is likely hood of cloud formation.


How to reach at Vagani programme site by Car or Bus?

For Mumbai residents Route is :Route South Mumbai -Fort- Vashi-(Navi Mumbai)-Mahape (IndustrialArea)- Kalyan Shile Phata-Badalapur MIDC Road-Vagani- Vagani level crossing-Tarangan Marg (Khagol Mandal Site)

Route for Western suburb- up to Andheri - Jogeshwari-powai linkroad-Eastern express highway- Virkroli manakhurd link road-Vashi-(Navi Mumbai)-Mahape (Industrial Area)- Kalyan Shile Phata-Badalapur MIDCRoad-Vagani- Vagani level crossing-Tarangan Marg (Khagol Mandal Site)

Route for western suburb beyound Andheri- up to Malad- Arey colony road to Bhandup sonapur junction- Airoli Flyover- Mahape(Industrial Area)-Kalyan Shile Phata-Badalapur MIDC Road-Vagani- Vagani levelcrossing-Tarangan Marg (Khagol Mandal Site)

Route for western suburb beyond Malad- Borivali-Thane link road-kalawa-old agara road-Mumbra- Mahape Junction-Kalyan Shile Phata-BadalapurMIDC Road-Vagani- Vagani level crossing-Tarangan Marg (Khagol Mandal Site)

If you still have further questions, we encourage you to post it here, as they can then be added to FAQ's

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:56