Observing nights are dependent on weather conditions.
Entry is dependent on your proof of vaccination.
|Sat 27th Nov||Stargard CANCELLED||Members private observing||SS 7.48 pm|
MR 1.49 am
|Sat 4th Dec||Stargard||Members private observing||SS 7.54 pm|
New Moon 6.45 pm
|Mon 6th Dec||Macarthur Astronomy Forum Online||Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd)||7.15 pm for|
7.30 pm start
|Sat 1st Jan||Stargard (provisional)||Members private observing||SS 8.11 pm|
MR 4.42 am
|Sat 8th Jan||Stargard (provisional) ||Members private observing||SS 8.12 pm|
MS 12.12 am
Prof Geraint Lewis
From the Quantum to the Cosmos.
Modern physics is split in two.
To explain the large-scale Universe, we talk of the curved and expanding spacetime of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. For the small-scale, we talk about probabilities and uncertainties and the language of quantum mechanics.
Whilst these two pillars of physics are both supremely accurate and immensely powerful theories, they are, at heart, incompatible. But to understand the past, present and future history of the universe, we must get these two theories to play nicely together.
In this talk, Geraint Lewis will take you on a journey over eternity, exploring where and how the quantum and the cosmos have worked to shape the universe around us.
He will also confront what we are yet to learn, from cosmic dawn to the ultimate twilight, in our quest to understand the Universe.
Monday 6th December, online for members only.
(Forums are held earlier in the month in December)
Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
The number of astro-photographers within the Society has grown in recent years.
In recognition of this, the committee will instigate the MAS Annual Photographic Excellence Awards for the best astronomical images taken during the year and posted on the website’s Astro-Image Gallery before 1st January each year.
The awards are aimed at encouraging members to fully utilise the Gallery and to inspire astro-imaging excellence among our members.
The judge(s) will establish the criteria and number of awards. The awards will be announced each year at the January Macarthur Astronomy Forum.
Only logged on MAS members can post images on the website gallery and the images must be their own work.
The MAS Astro-Image Gallery was created in April 2021 and eighty-four images have been posted to the Gallery this year so far.
Messier Awards have been issued in the past for observational astronomers who log 30, 60, 90 & 100 Messier Object views, using the star-hopping method. Whilst observational astronomy has waned a little with the rise of photography, these awards are still available to eyepiece astronomers. Any member who is interested should discuss the requirements with John Rombi. These awards may be presented at any monthly Forum.
MAS also issues awards at the AGM for continuous membership of 5, 10, 15, 20 & 25 years.
Partial Solar Eclipse 4th December
The partial solar eclipse occurring at New Moon on 4th December, will not be visible in Macarthur. It can be seen only in Tasmania and parts of Victoria, requiring a clear western horizon view just prior to sunset.
Before an observing session, check these regional webcams for current conditions:
Stargard Observing Nights
Update for Members
We are now cleared for members to return to our observing field, Stargard at The Oaks. There are some stipulations and there will be no exceptions. These are the conditions as set down by the NSW Government.
- If you feel unwell, please stay at home.
- Before you unpack, please see John or Noel.
- We will have a QR code sheet for you to register your attendance.
- We will also require your proof of double vaccination.
- This may be either in paper form from the Medicare website, or the electronic version from Services NSW.
- If you are unable to present this information, you will not be allowed to attend.
If you are in any doubt about your ability to use the QR logon or provide proof of your double vaccination, please contact John or Noel prior to the day. If you are not double vaccinated for covid-19, please do not travel!
Post your images and get your own gallery page!
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How many Messier objects have you logged? MAS awards certificates for 30, 60, 90 & 100 views.
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Management Committee 2021-22
President: John Rombi.
Vice-President: Noel Sharpe; Secretary: Richard Curley; Treasurer: Andy Milton.
Mentoring & Outreach: Phillip Kidd; Telescope Custodian: Greg Bradford; Membership: Dave Manning.
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In the event of a doubtful weather forecast, events may be either cancelled, postponed or brought forward. If an event is in doubt, before setting out, members should check both here and our social media pages.
Members must contact John Rombi to reserve a place before travelling. Members attending must comply with strict physical distancing rules and other public health requirements. Masks are preferred.
Stargard sessions are normally scheduled for Saturdays, because we recognise the need of members who may have weekday jobs to go to. In the event of poor conditions, Stargard sessions will be postponed or even brought forward and may be held on any day. See also our Observing page and Field Etiquette page.