Public Nights - Campbelltown Rotary Observatory

 

Saturday 30th September

6.30 pm: Stargazing - Public Observing Night.

Stargazing

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.

Weather

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.

Location

The twin-domed Campbelltown Rotary Observatory is located near the corner of University Drive and Milky Way, Macarthur Heights. 

Getting There

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.

Accessibility

The Observatory is reached via an illuminated public stairway from University Drive.

People with disabilities are advised to contact the Society at least 24 hours in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to discuss potential accessibility to the site and any possible use of some of the telescopes.

Children

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.

Safety

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.

Telescopes

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.

What's Up

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.

Comfort

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.

Contact MAS

If after reading this you have any queries about the event, please contact MAS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

The Observatory Wikipedia page.

 

 

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