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✨ 👀 Webmaster’s Focus

✨ 👀 May 2024: A Matter of Astronomical Concern

The current issue of Astronomy Year Australia, published annually by Quasar astronomy since 1991, could be the last.

This stupendous annual reference work has been an indispensable night sky aid to amateur and professional astronomers for thirty-four years. My copy is never beyond easy reach – and to lose it would be like losing a limb.

However, the author’s introduction in Astronomy 2024 reads:

“Our future is uncertain at this stage……..Currently, we haven’t made a final decision on whether to continue with our 2025 edition. Although we would like to, we cannot guarantee anything at this point.”

The book was published about seven months ago but there is no reference to the statement on their website. Let’s hope that, despite dwindling sales, the authors will find a way to remain a part of our lives.

EDIT 20th May: Good news! It seems Astronomy 2025 is going to proceed, so I hope they have found a permanent solution.

Roger Powell
Webmaster
www.macastro.org.au

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Macarthur Astronomy Forum

Monday 17th June

Prof Roberto Soria

Macarthur Astronomy Forum is open to MAS members, WSU students and the general public. No admission fee (maybe if you come more than a couple of times you might like to think about becoming an MAS member). Gold coin donations appreciated. The Forums are held in lecture theatre 30 in the School of Medicine (Building 30), Goldsmith Avenue, WSU Campbelltown Campus. You can find a location map and details by following this link.

📣 Members Event Diary

DATE EVENTDETAILSPUBLIC
Saturday
1st June
Stargard
At The Oaks
Observing evening
SS 4.55 pm, MR 1.49 am
No
Saturday
8th June
Wooglemai
At Oakdale
Observing night
SS 4.53 pm, MS 6.12 pm
No
Saturday
8th June
Stargard
At The Oaks
Observing evening
SS 4.53 pm, MS 6.12 pm
No
Monday
17th June
Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at WSU
Guest Speaker: Prof Roberto Soria (INAF)
Map.
YES
Saturday
29th June
Stargard
At The Oaks
Observing evening
SS 4.57 pm, 12.48 am
No

🟡 For Details of our next Public Stargazing night, please visit our Public Night page.

🔭 Our Observing Sites

Wooglemai is our members prime dark sky observing site located near Oakdale. With clubhouse amenities, sleeping accommodation and unlimited all night viewing hours, the experience provides members with excellent value for money. See our Wooglemai page for site details.


Stargard is our main general purpose observing field at The Oaks. Whilst it does not boast the facilities that Wooglemai does, it provides convenient evening sessions closer to home and free of charge to members. See our Stargard page for site details.

Coming? We need to know who is planning to attend our observing sessions. Members are requested to contact John Rombi at: president@macastro.org.au to reserve a place before travelling to an observing session. For essential information about our observing session protocols, please read our Field Night page.

🌦️ Weather Check

Article: Weather Forecasting for Amateur Astronomers

The Oaks Weather-cam: South facing

The Oaks Weather-cam: North facing

📜 General Notices

Committee Members 2024-25

President: John Rombi
Vice President: Noel Sharpe
Secretary: Roger Powell
Treasurer: Suzanne Adijans
Membership Officer: Frank Alvaro
Committee Member: Greg Bradford
Committee Member: Phil Kidd

Annual Report & Minutes

The MAS Annual Report is now available to read or download > HERE <
AGM Minutes are available > HERE <

Observing

Members intending to attend our observing nights must read our Field Night page and Stargard or Wooglemai pages. Sessions are normally scheduled for Saturdays, because we recognise the needs of members who may have weekday jobs to go to. In the event of a doubtful weather forecast, members should check both here and our social media pages.

Laser Pointers

It is a legal requirement here in NSW to register laser pointer ownership with the Police Firearms Registry. However, as MAS members, you are exempted from this obligation if the laser pointer is only used for astronomy. The Society keeps a register of members who are laser pointer owners and requires you to formally notify the Membership Officer if you have purchased a laser pointer.

MAS Private Messages

Due to privacy laws, MAS is prohibited from releasing members e-mail addresses. The intention of the PM system is to permit an individual member to contact another without initially knowing their e-mail address. You can find the PM System in the Users menu above, after you have logged on.

Membership

Please contact Frank Alvaro (Membership Officer) for all new membership enquiries: membership@macastro.org.au or go to our new membership page.

E-mail

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Member’s Postal Address.

Membership cards are posted annually to the last postal address which you have provided to us, so please contact us with your new details at membership@macastro.org.au.

MAS Postal Address

We no longer maintain a PO Box address. After many years the cost and time did not justify a service that was so rarely used.



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