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The next few months will be a difficult and uncertain period for us all. Here at MAS we can no longer guarantee which of our scheduled events will proceed.

Further  announcements will be made relating to MAS activities over the coming days and weeks. Please check your emails, our Facebook page, Twitter feed, Newsletter and of course right here on the MAS website.

Please also read the updated Members Notices further down this page.

It is going to be a tough year and we hope that all our members and your families stay safe and follow the instructions and safety guidelines from authorities. We look forward to brighter times ahead.


UPDATE 31st March

Wollondilly Council have advised that the sportsground at The Oaks is closed until further notice and International House has advised that the Forest Cabin is also closed. As a consequence, no further observing nights will be possible until the situation becomes clear.

Our 2020 School Mentoring Programme has been cancelled.

Our Public nights at Campbelltown Rotary Observatory and all other proposed public events are cancelled for 2020 unless circumstances dramatically improve.

Due to Government Emergency Regulations, our scheduled AGM on 20th April (see below) cannot be held and a further announcement will be made about this soon. 


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AGM & Forum

Monday 20th April

Guest Speaker: Les Dalrymple




Members Notices

Annual General Meeting - Updated 8th April

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The Annual General Meeting of Macarthur Astronomical Society was scheduled to be held on 20th April. Due to the public health emergency, it will not be possible to convene members and the committee will choose a 'common sense' pathway to ensure the well-being of the Society during the emergency. We will keep you posted.

Nominations for the 2020-21 committee have closed. There is one nomination for each position and consequently a members ballot will not be required:

President: John Rombi
Vice President: Noel Sharpe
Treasurer: Andy Milton
Secretary: Richard Curley
Four Committee members: Henry Swierk, Greg Bradford, Phillip Kidd & Dave Manning

Non-elected Position - Merchandise Officer

We still require a new Merchandise Officer. A volunteer is needed to take over this position, right now.

Please feel free to talk to any of the current committee members if you are interested.

We would like to thank Brendon Waterhouse for his outstanding work in this role for the last two years.


Membership Renewal Notice

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A big thank you to all our members who made the job of Treasurer and Membership Officer easier by renewing on time. For those yet to renew, please be aware that your 2019-20 MAS membership expired on 29th February. We hope you rejoin and would appreciate your subscription payment this month at the latest, thanks.

The renewal rates for 2020-21 remain unchanged:

- Full Membership $48.00
- Family Membership $72.00
- Student Membership $36.00
- Pensioner Membership $36.00

For details of payments please go to our Payments page.   

Membership & Followers 

Thank you for your support. We have 140 full members of the Society. 

We have 1,132 Facebook followers and 207 followers on Twitter.

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Event Schedule

Scheduled events will be reviewed and announcements made when appropriate.



Event & Location

Event Details


18th Apr Sat Stargard
At The Oaks

Members Private Observing       C A N C E L L E D SS 5.28 pm
MR 2.31 am
20th April Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at Western Sydney University

Annual General Meeting, followed by
Guest Speaker: Les Dalrymple   C A N C E L L E D
7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start
24th-25th Apr Fri-Sat The Forest
At Belanglo

New Moon Weekend
Members Private Observing       C A N C E L L E D
SS 5.20 pm
16th May Sat Stargard
At The Oaks
Members Private Observing SS 5.02 pm
MR 1.19 am

18th May Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at Western Sydney University

Guest Speaker: Dr Luke Barnes (WSU) 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start
22nd-23rd May Fri-Sat The Forest
At Belanglo

New Moon Weekend
Members Private Observing
SS 4.57 pm

    •    *Time Key for observing nights: SS = Sunset; MS = Moonset; MR = Moonrise.

    •     In the event of inclement weather, Forest nights will be cancelled and Stargard may be postponed.

    •     Before setting out: if an event is in doubt, members should check both here AND the MAS Facebook page.  

    •    See also our 'Maps' page; and the 'Field Etiquette' page.

    •    Macarthur Astronomy Forum is held on the third Monday of the month (Jan-Nov) and second Monday in December. 


         Events publicised for Western Sydney University are held at Campbelltown Campus.      


  •       A full observing planning list for the year is available > Here <

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