MAS Activity Schedule
Macarthur Astronomy Forum
Members are reminded that there will be no meeting in December. The next Forum will be held on 20th January and it will be a Telescope Show and Tell night.
As detailed above, we have two very special visitors in February: Professor Chris Impey from the University of Arizona at our normal Monday night February Macarthur Astronomy Forum, followed by a Friday night Special Macarthur Astronomy Forum in collaboration with UWS to welcome Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, 2011.
Details to be announced right here as soon as they become available.
Management Committee 2013-14
President: Chris Malikoff.
The new MAS club stickers are in! We have both white on clear and black on clear. Size is 100mm x 50mm. These are great in that it doesn't matter what colour background you're placing them on - they look fantastic. Weather proof, so good for the car too. Price to members is 5 for $2.00. We will be distributing these to new members in our welcome packs from now as well. Stewart will have these for purchase at the next meeting.
Members Observing Nights
On observing nights you must arrange your own transport and arrive before sunset, to enable you to familiarise yourself with the surroundings before darkness sets in. If arriving later, make sure that your approach to the final gate is only with parking lights and ask someone to guide you into the observing area from the gate. It is essential - for your own safety and that of others - that you bring a red torch with you to observing nights.
If weather conditions look doubtful, please check this page before leaving home. If Stargard is cancelled, sometimes an unscheduled observing night will be held later that week.
Maps of our observing locations are accessed via the 'About' menu above: select 'Maps - Where To Find Us'.
During the course of the evening, please consider the needs of others around you, especially when using laser pointers, camera screens, computer monitors, car boot lights etc. Please read our Field Etiquette page.
Stargard nights are free to members and invited guests. Please contact the President before inviting non-members. Beginners are encouraged to observe at Stargard before progressing to the Forest. Observing dates are scheduled for one Saturday of each Lunar cycle, either the week before The Forest or the week after. If a scheduled night is cancelled due to weather, another night may be selected.
Members arriving late or leaving early are requested to close the main gate, to discourage entry by non-authorised people.
This is our premier dark-sky observing site. The dates selected are normally the Saturday closest to the New Moon. Bring your equipment and observe or photograph our Forest sky which really has to be seen to be believed on a clear night.
The regular charge is $15.00 per member per evening, whether attending just for the evening or staying all night. Non-members who are experienced amateur astronomers may be invited to attend the Forest subject to prior clearance from the President and will be charged $20.00 per person per evening. Please see Ned Pastor or Tony Law on your arrival to make your payment and please try to have the exact amount.
Gate opening time on Friday will be advised the day before. Limited sleeping accommodation is available but not guaranteed.
Our rental agreement now permits us use of the site from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Use of the site between Sunday morning and Monday morning will be dependent on the number of members each month who express a desire to attend. Members who have paid for two nights will get the third night free, i.e. the maximum cost for the weekend is $30 per member.
Free offer: each financial member is entitled to one free weekend at The Forest per calendar year. Bring your current membership card with you when you come to a New Moon Weekend, and it will be punched, signifying that you've taken your free weekend.