Saturday 30th September
Location: Campbelltown Rotary Observatory, Macarthur Heights (behind the University): from 6.30 pm
MAS will be conducting a free public observing night in collaboration with the Observatory Director, Dr Bhathal. This will be the final event of our MAS Winter Observing Series for 2017.
Stargazing is weather permitting. Closer to the date we will post a weather outlook here. If conditions are in doubt due to inclement weather, please check this page for announcements before leaving home.
The event is predominantly outdoors, so please bring very warm clothing.
The twin-domed Campbelltown Rotary Observatory is located near the corner of University Drive and Milky Way, Macarthur Heights.
The public should approach the Observatory stargazing event from University Drive, Macarthur Heights.
From Gilchrist Drive, turn into Goldsmith Avenue and drive past the University buildings. Turn right at University Drive and drive up to Milky Way and you cannot miss the Observatory.
Street parking will be available in University Drive and Milky Way. There is no public parking available at the Observatory or within the grounds of WSU.
The Observatory is reached via an illuminated public stairway from University Drive.
Families with children are welcome to attend. We simply request that you keep your children with you at all times and instruct them not to touch the telescopes.
The pursuit of astronomy requires a dark environment and attendance is at your own risk. We can accept no responsibility for accidents that occur.
Limited red safety lighting is provided around the observatory site and there will be some moonlight on this particular evening.
If you choose to bring a torch, please avoid glare when near the telescopes by covering it with red cellophane. We also request that you refrain from using flash photography. Thanks.
Both of the Observatory Domes are expected to be open, with their 16” and 12” diameter Meade LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. In addition, MAS members will have a number of their own private telescopes set up for the public to view through.
Our multiple telescopes can show you numerous interesting night sky objects which are up on the night, including the Moon, planets and some deep sky objects.
Please ensure that you wear warm clothing as the temperature is likely to be very cold.
Please also be aware that there are no toilet facilities provided at the Observatory. We regret this but it is beyond the control of MAS.
Free Public Admission
We hope that you enjoy a very pleasant evening with us as we show you our Universe. There is no need to book and there will be no entry charge. However, if you enjoy the evening, MAS will gratefully accept a gold coin in our black donation box towards our operating costs.
About Campbelltown Rotary Observatory
Macarthur Astronomical Society acknowledges the co-operation and support of Campbelltown Rotary Observatory and Dr Ragbir Bhathal (Director), for this event.
Formerly known as UWS Rotary Observatory, it was commissioned in July 2000. It is located in Macarthur Heights, at the rear of Western Sydney University.