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  • welcome to

    macarthur astronomical society

  • observe

    Astronomers use scientific observation to learn about the Universe we live in. It's a beautiful place and, as a group of keen amateur astronomers, M.A.S. members have it as their common interest. We observe from two southern Sydney locations.

  • photograph

    Along with our "visual" observers, we have a group of dedicated astrophotographers within our ranks. This group find that photographing deep sky objects with high-quality cameras brings out the colour which your own eyes are unable to detect. See our photographs and you'll want to take your own.

  • educate

    Come to a Macarthur Astronomy Forum evening, held at UWS Campbelltown, to hear talks given by Australian and international professional astronomers as well as from amateurs with interests in their own specific fields. Entry is free for all.

  • events

    M.A.S. members are deeply committed to sharing our combined knowledge of, and love for, the night sky and the science of astronomy. We hold public open nights during the year - keep watching out for "What's On".


Macarthur Astronomical Society

Amateur Astronomy in South Western Sydney



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Welcome to MAS!

We are amateur astronomers in the South Western Region of Sydney, Australia, including Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool and Wollondilly local government areas of NSW.

We hold regular dark sky observing sessions for our members to advance our skills.

We bring local and international guest speakers to address our monthly Macarthur Astronomy Forum at the Campbelltown Campus of Western Sydney University.

We organise public astronomy nights in collaboration with Campbelltown Rotary Observatory at Western Sydney University and we collaborate with local institutions to maximise knowledge of the Universe in the local community - including school mentoring.

This month we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo manned Lunar landing with two big events.

 Apollo 11 Landing Site

 NASA Image 


Whens the next stargazing night


Macarthur Astronomy Forum

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Dr Lee Spitler

Macquarie University & AAO

Monday 19th August, 7.30 pm  

Forum details: News and Events


Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus
Building 30, Goldsmith Avenue, Campbelltown, NSW 2560

See location map > HERE <   


MAS Top Shots

1. Eagle Nebula - Dave Manning

A 27min Live Stack in SharpCap Pro
Telescope - Skywatcher Esprit 120mm Triplet Refractor, Field Flattener
Camera – ZWO ASI071MC Pro Cooled. Mount - CGX
Guiding via Skywatcher ED80 APO with ASI 120MM Mini & PHD2

Image copyright Dave Manning (Macarthur Astronomical Society)


 2. Trifid Nebula - Peter Godwin

This was 9x 250s, 10x darks, ISO3200. Canon 1200D. ZWO120MM guidescope on Orion TOAG. Celestron 6SE, CGEM, PHD2, DSS + processed in Corel Photopaint + iphone 6s tweaked.

Image copyright Peter Godwin (Macarthur Astronomical Society)

3. NGC6067 - Ray Armstrong

A star cluster in Norma, taken at Belanglo State Forest.

Image copyright Ray Armstrong (Macarthur Astronomical Society)



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