Stargazing - Public Observing Night.
Our 2018 Winter season of public nights will commence on 28th April.
Location: Campbelltown Rotary Observatory, Macarthur Heights (behind the University): 28th April from about 5.45 pm.
MAS conducts free public observing nights in collaboration with the Observatory Director, Dr Bhathal.
It is best to arrive at the Observatory about thirty minutes after sunset, when it begins to gets dark. (Sunset will be at about 5.20 pm).
Our closing time will be dependent on weather conditions and the the number of visitors remaining in attendance.
Prior to the viewing, Western Sydney University will hold a free astronomy lecture in Lecture Theatre G.03, Building 21. Following this you will be directed to walk to the Observatory.
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 in an exposed location, so please bring very warm clothing.
Gold Coin Donation Entry
Admission is by Gold Coin donation. There is no need to book and there is no fixed entry fee. However, we are sure that you will enjoy the evening as we show you the Universe and we will gratefully accept gold coins in our black donation box towards our operating costs.
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.
We require our members who bring their telescopes to our public nights to have a current NSW 'Working With Children Check' registration.
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.
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.