Public Nights

Public Stargazing Nights

Macarthur Astronomical Society

In collaboration with

Campbelltown Rotary Observatory

and

Western Sydney University

University Drive (opposite Mahoney Drive),
Macarthur Heights, Campbelltown.

Sorry

Due to the public health crisis, the Observatory is temporarily unavailable for public nights.

We miss you all……       ?

Stargazing Location

MAS conducts free public observing nights, in collaboration with the Observatory Director Dr Bhathal, at Campbelltown Rotary Observatory.

Stargazing Hours

Telescope viewing will commence thirty minutes after sunset, when it begins to gets dark. Please bear this in mind when timing your arrival. There is no need to be early.

Our closing time will be determined by weather conditions and the number of visitors remaining in attendance.

Free Public Lecture

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In conjunction with the stargazing, Dr Ragbir Bhathal will conduct a free public lecture in Lecture Theatre G.03, Building 21, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown between 5pm and 6 pm,

Following the lecture you will be directed how to walk to the observatory for stargazing.

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 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.

Location

The twin-domed Campbelltown Rotary Observatory is located off University Drive, near Milky Way and Mahoney Drive, 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. Then 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. Parking in the Observatory grounds is reserved for participating MAS members with telescopes.

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 contact@macastro.org.au 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.

We require our members who bring their telescopes to our public nights to have a current NSW Working With Children Check registration.

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 by covering it with three layers of red cellophane held on with a rubber band to avoid glare when near the telescopes. We also request that you refrain from using flash photography. Thanks.

Telescopes

The Observatory Domes telescopes are 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 site is exposed and 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.

Contact MAS

If after reading this you have any queries about the event, please contact MAS at contact@macastro.org.au

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.

Links

The Observatory Website

The Observatory Wikipedia page.

Our appreciation to Western Sydney University for facilitating the events.

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