Free advice

  • Sharing your common interest in astronomy with others.
  • Access to members with a wealth of expertise in various aspects of amateur astronomy.
  • Advice on purchasing a telescope, mount, eyepieces and other accessories.
  • Advice on setting up your observing equipment.
  • Advice on operating your equipment.
  • Advice on maintaining  your equipment.
  • Advice on upgrading your equipment.
  • Occasional telescope ‘workshop’ evenings.

Members Private Observing Nights

  • Access to members observing field nights at our two dark sky sites.
  • Access to our Stargard observing site at no additional charge.
  • Access to our prime observing site for a modest overnight fee.
  • Access to public outreach nights without the need to book.

Monthly Meetings

  • Regular access to monthly meetings – the Macarthur Astronomy Forum.
  • Regular guest speakers, including elite professional astronomers and experienced amateurs.
  • Purchase of MAS merchandise at membership prices.


  • Extended website access.
  • Private Messaging (PM) facility, to directly contact other members.

Cost Saving

  • Trade discounts at Jaycar electronics stores.
  • Renew membership on time and avoid paying another joining fee.
  • Membership fee discounts for families, students and pensioners.
  • The Society’s NSW Police registration, negating the need for individual registration of a laser pointer with the Police for astronomical use.


  • Use of one of our loan telescopes (after a qualifying period).
  • Annual membership identity card and name tag to display at meetings.
  • Free display of members astronomical images – on website, at exhibitions and/or on collaborative DVD etc.
  • Membership awards for 5/10/15/20/25 years continuous membership.