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    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".

Observing Nights and Forum nights 2020

For advanced planning purposes only, as dates may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please always check the News & Events page for event starting times and possible late changes.

New Moon Weekends (Fri-Sat)

Belanglo Forest
Members Private Observing Nights

Jan 24th-25th
Feb 21st-22nd
March 20th-21st
April 24th-25th
May 22nd-23rd
June 19th-20th
July 17th-18th
August 21st-22nd: International House
September 18th-19th
October 16th-17th
November 13th-14th
December 11th-12th

Third Quarter Moon Saturdays

Stargard
Members Private Observing Nights

Jan 18th
Feb 15th
March 14th
April 18th
May 16th
June 13th
July 11th
August 15th
September 12th
October 10th
November 7th
December 5th & 12th

First Quarter Moon Saturdays

Public Nights

January 4th: unallocated
February 1st: unallocated
March 7th: unallocated
April 4th: unallocated
May 2nd: Domes 
May 30th: Domes
June 27th: Domes
July 25th: Domes
August 29th: Domes
September 26th: Domes
October 24th: unallocated
November 21st: unallocated
December 19th: unallocated

Third Mondays

Macarthur Astronomy Forum Nights

January 20th
February 17th
March 16th
April 20th
May 18th
June 15th
July 20th
August 17th
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December 7th (First Monday)

 


What We Do

MAS is happy to offer public outreach services to non-commercial and commercial organisations in SW Sydney. Our members love sharing their passion for the Universe by collaborating with the local community.

The number of public outreach events we can commit to each year is limited. So, we prefer plenty of advance warning to enable us to fit an event into our membership's fixed observing schedule.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • -  Telescope Viewing Events.
    -  Astronomy & Spaceflight Talks.
    -  Mentoring.
    -  Astronomical Equipment Maintenance.

 

What You Do

Our commitment to your event will be dependent on two things: a mutually agreed date and receipt of a formal request from your organisation for MAS to participate in events, to be made using the appropriate 'Request For Services' form:

Request For Services Form - Non-commercial

Request For Services Form - Commercial

Availability and conditions for MAS Outreach Services are specified in the Terms and Conditions section of the forms.

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We are happy to discuss potential events and proposed dates in advance by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 


Working With Children 
Our participating members
are accredited by
NSW Working With Children Check

 

 

 

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MAS OBSERVING and FORUM DATES 2019

LUNAR CYCLE No

NEW MOON

FOREST
NEW MOON

WEEKEND1

TIMES 4

STARGARD

NIGHT 1

TIMES

PUBLIC NIGHTS 2,3

TIMES

MACARTHUR ASTRONOMY FORUM (PUBLIC)

START TIME

1

Sun 6th Jan

Fri-Sat 4th -5th Jan

SS 20.09

MS 20.18

NM-1

Sat 26th Jan

SS 20.09
MR 23.47

NM+6

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Mon 21st Jan

19.30

2

Tues 5th Feb

Fri-Sat 1st -2nd Feb

SS 19.48
MS 19.57
NM-3

Sat 2nd Mar

SS 19.54
MS 16.59
NM+4

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Mon 18th Feb

19.30

3

Thur 7th Mar

Fri-Sat 8th 9th Mar

SS 19.22
MS 20.59
NM+2

Sat 30th Mar

SS 18.53
MR 01.14
NM-6

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Mon 18th Mar

19.30

4

Fri 5th Apr

Fri-Sat 5th – 6th Apr

SS 17.40
MS 19.02
NM+1

Sat 27th Apr

SS 17.54
MR 23.52
NM-7

Sat 13th Apr
NM+7

DOMES

SS 17.35
MR 13.33

Mon 15th Apr

19.30

5

Sun 5th May

Fri-Sat 3rd – 4th May

SS 17.13
MS 20.47
NM-1

Sat 25th May

SS 16.57
MR 22.36

NM-9

   

Mon 20th May

19.30

6

Mon 3rd June

Fri-Sat 31st May-1st Jun

SS 16.54
MS 15.36
NM-2

Sat 22nd Jun

SS 16.53
MR 21.21

NM -5

Sat 8th June
NM+5
DOMES

SS 16.53
MS 21.54

Mon 17th Jun

19.30

7

Wed 3rd July

Fri-Sat 28th -29th Jun

SS 17.13
MS 16.07
NM-2

Sat 27th Jul

SS 17.11
MR 1.42
NM-5

   

Mon 15th Jul

19.30

8

Thur 1st Aug

Fri-Sat 2nd – 3rd Aug

SS 17.16
MS 19.43
NM+2

Sat 24th Aug

SS 17.31
MR 1.32
NM-7

Sat 10thAug
IH Students at the Cabin

SS 17.21
MS 03.15

Mon 19th Aug

19.30

9

Fri.30th Aug

Fri-Sat 30th 31st Aug

SS 17.43
MR 5.45
NM+1

Sat 21st Sep

SS 17.50
MS 23.24
NM-8

Sat 7th Sep

NM+8

DOMES

SS 17.40

MS 02.07

Mon 16th Sep

19.30

10

Sun 29th Sept

Fri-Sat 27th-28th Sept

SS 18.03
MR 5.20
NM-1

Sat 19th Oct

SS 19.11
MR 23.18
NM-10

Sat 5th Oct

NM+6

DOMES

SS 18.00

MS 01.15

Mon 21st Oct

19.30

11

Mon 28th Oct

Fri-Sat 25th-26th Oct

SS 19.17
MS 17.02
NM-2

Sat 23rd Nov

SS 19.14
MR 3.31
NM-5

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Mon 18th Nov

19.30

12

Wed 27t Nov

Fri-Sat 29th -30th Nov

SS 19.20
MS 20.43
NM+3

Sat 21st Dec

SS 20.05
MR 2.07
NM-6

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Mon 9th Dec

Student Night

19.30

13

Thur 26th
Dec

Fri-Sat 27th -28th Dec

SS 20.12
MS 21.55
NM

Mon31st Dec

NYE

SS 20.09
MS 23.46
NM-8

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TL

1. The best Saturday night of the cycle (i.e. closest to New Moon) is allocated to The Forest & second best to Stargard

2. Public nights are usually scheduled close to FQM. This suits the public who wish to view bright objects; the moonlight satisfies public safety concerns; and avoids cancellation of members observing nights. There is also potential for pubic nights to be nominated on a night when the Moon spectacularly rises during the event.
3. The annual International House Students Night is normally held in August and the date proposed, to avoid clashing with regular observing nights.

4. The times allocated to The Forest relate to the Saturday.

A list of astronomy books published by authors who are associated with Macarthur Astronomical Society. Links are provided but some books may be out of print.

Robert Bee: Member

  Book RB Heavens Above        Book RB Star Hopping        

 

Chris Malikoff (Co-author): Member

Book CM Ice In Space Compendium 2009


 

Prof. Bryan Gaensler: Patron Since 2009

Book BG Extreme Cosmos



Dr Ragbir Bhathal: Patron (1996-2011) & Honorary Member

Book RagB 1 Mt Stromlo Observatory Book RagB 2 University Physics with Modern Physics1  Book RagB 3 Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence  Book RagB 4 Australian Backyard Astronomy   Book RagB 5 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence SETI in the Optical Spectrum III Book RagB 6 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 
 Book RagB 7 Scientific and Cultural Aspects of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence  Book RagB 8 Australian Astronomers Achievements at the Frontiers of Astronomy  Book RagB 9 Searching for ET  Book RagB 10 Astronomy for the Higher School Certificate  Book RagB 11 Under the Southern Cross

 

Prof Geraint Lewis & Dr Luke Barnes: Guest Speakers 

Book GLLB A Fortunate Universe   

 

 



Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith: Guest Speaker

Book LHS When Galaxies Collide

Prof. Fred Watson: Guest Speaker

      Star Craving Mad

 

 

 

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