Astronomy is one of my passions. Spending an evening in a dark, cold, damp field under the Southern Milky Way with good friends and our telescopes is my idea of a great night out!
I show my modest astro-photographs over on Cosmic Focus, so the images on this post are about the environment of the observing field whilst waiting for twilight. They were taken over several years.
Macarthur Astronomical Society (MAS) calls the observing field “Stargard”, after the birthplace of Christian Carl Ludwig Rümker (1788-1862), a pioneering astronomer in Australia. He was born in Stargard, Burg, Germany and arrived in Sydney in 1821 to work at Parramatta observatory. He also owned a property at Picton, NSW which he called ‘Stargard’.
Situated next to The Oaks airfield, the observing field is owned by Wollondilly Shire Council and is used by both MAS and a local Pony Club.
We have also shared the field on different occasions with ponies, bats, wombats, cows, a fox, lots of pony poo, equestrian gymkhana equipment and various kinds of bird life. Not to mention mosquitoes and low flying aircraft.