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Coming Up At MAS:




Event Summary


31st Jan Wed Eclipse!
At The Oaks
Public viewing of Lunar eclipse
Entry by gold coin donation (see below)
From 7.30 pm
10th Feb Sat Stargard
At The Oaks
Members Private Observing Night SS 7.53 pm
MR 2.16 am
16th-17th Feb Fri-Sat The Forest
At Belanglo
New Moon Weekend
Members Private Observing Night
SS 7.46 pm
19th Feb Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
At Western Sydney University
Guest Speaker: Dr Maria Cunningham 7.30 pm sharp
24th Feb  Sat Bunnings Barbecue
At Narellan 
Fund Raiser
Volunteers needed - please contact Tony Law
7 am - 4 pm
1st Mar  Thu Scout Troops
At The Oaks
Public Outreach
Private viewing for Scouts
6 pm - 10 pm
  • *Time Key for observing nights: SS = Sun Set; MS = Moon Set; MR = Moon Rise.

  • Before Setting Out: If an event is in doubt, members should check (i) here; AND (ii) your Private Messages; AND (iii) MAS Facebook page.

  • More: Details of events are lower down this page; see also our 'Maps' page; and the 'Field Etiquette' page.

  • Macarthur Astronomy Forum is normally held on the third Monday of the month (Jan-Nov).


Macarthur Astronomy Forum

Speakers Coming Up  


19th February    19th March  


Dr Maria Cunningham



Prof Tamara Davis



Forum Details

Macarthur Astronomy Forum is held in the small lecture theatre in Building 30 (School of Medicine) at Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus. We meet on the third Monday of the month (Jan-Nov) and second Monday (Dec).

The Forum is organised and conducted by Macarthur Astronomical Society with the support and cooperation of Campbelltown Rotary Observatory and Western Sydney University.

Please see our Guest Speaker page for a full list of guest speakers - past, present and future.  

Public Entry - Gold Coin Donation

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the Forum. Public admission is by gold coin donation in our black box (at the front of the auditorium) adjacent to the signing in register.

To get there, please view our On The Map Menu at the top of this page. 


We provide self-service coffee, tea and biscuits at 9.30 pm after the Forum at a charge of $2.00 per head and conclude at 10.00 pm.


Public Viewing 

MAS will hold a public Lunar Eclipse event at Dudley Chesham Sportsground, The Oaks, from 7.30 pm on Wednesday 31 January on the field just past the football pitch. 

This is conditional on the weather and any decision on cancellation will be notified by 6 pm at the latest - posted to our website and Facebook pages.

This is the timing of the event:

9:51 pm Wed, 31 Jan:  Penumbral Eclipse begins. 

10:48 pm Wed, 31 Jan:  Umbral Eclipse begins

11:51 pm Wed, 31 Jan:  Total Eclipse begins 

12:29 am Thu, 1 Feb:  Maximum Eclipse 

1:07 am Thu, 1 Feb:  Total Eclipse ends (MAS event may end at or before this time)

2:11 am Thu, 1 Feb:  Partial Eclipse ends  

3:08 am Thu, 1 Feb:  Penumbral Eclipse ends 

Bring your telescopes, binoculars and cameras. A gold coin donation please. 


Members Notices

Membership expiry

All members are advised that their membership for 2017-18 will expire on 28th February.

Membership rates for 2018-19 remain unchanged.

Please visit our Renewal page for full details and make your payment before the deadline.


The latest Newsletter can now be viewed directly from the What's On menu above.

An archive of all previous newsletters dating back to 2014 can be browsed from the Members Menu, visible on the left, if you are logged on.

Working With Children

Members who participate in our Public Outreach Programme are now required to register with the NSW Government Working With Children Check (WWCC). There is no fee involved and the full details are on our Children Policy page.


Star Hopping to the Messiers : Robert Bee

One of the MAS Founder members, Robert Bee, has now published his second major astronomy book, Star Hopping to the MessiersAn exciting and detailed book, it is suitable for novices and experienced members alike.

This well-presented book is on sale for members and the public at our next Macarthur Astronomy Forum at a cost of only $22.00.

Bob's new book follows the success of his first book, Heavens Above (now out of print), 




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The Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues at the same time is now Australia with 7,960 participants on 21st August 2015. This was organised by ANU across 37 locations in Australia, of which we at MAS were one.


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