Campbelltown Rotary Observatory

Campbelltown Rotary Observatory is owned by Western Sydney University and is located in the appropriately named Milky Way, behind the University in the new residential suburb of Macarthur Heights.

It was founded by its Director, Dr Ragbir Bhathal and was constructed with considerable support from Campbelltown Rotary and other organisations. It was originally opened on 15th July 2000.

In 2013, the Observatory was temporarily closed while the hill it was then situated on was bulldozed to make way for the new housing estate.

2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Twin Domes Cropped RP
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory twin domes.

In 2015 it was reopened about 150 metres away from its original location. It is now closer to the University and is a stunning visual feature at  Macarthur Heights.

Public observing sessions are conducted over the winter period each year, in collaboration with Macarthur Astronomical Society. For details go the Macarthur Astronomical Society website.

2015-01-15 UWS Rotary Observatory Steps
2015-01-15 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory – steps up.
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Steps
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory – steps down from the Observatory to the “Gates of Light” sculpture.
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory & Moon in Clouds
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory: Moon in the clouds.
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night - Dome 1 Sunset
2015-12-05 Dome-1 in the sunset.
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Dome 1 Open
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory: Dome-1 open
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Domes 1&2 White Light
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory domes in white light.
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night - Dome 2 Cropped
2015-12-05 Dome-2 on a public night in red light.
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night - Setting Up
2015-12-05 Public Night: MAS members setting up telescopes next to the Observatory.
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Domes 1&2 Red Light
2016-05-14 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory domes in red light.
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory in white light.
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night Dome 1 & Stairs Cropped
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night: Dome-1 & stairs
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Twin Domes
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory twin domes.
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night - Steps Down
2015-12-05 The Domes: Public night, steps in red light.
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Plaque
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory plaque.
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Domes
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory domes.
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Dome 1
2015-11-23 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Dome-1.
2015-01-21 Astro-Arches 1
2015-01-21 “The Gates of Light” sculpture below the observatory
2015-01-15 UWS Rotary Observatory
2015-01-15 Campbelltown Rotary Observatory day view from Milky Way.
2015-12-05 The Domes Public Night - Dome 1 With Seat
2015-12-05 The Domes on a public night: Dome-1 with seat.

Here is where the observatory was between 2000 and 2013 (left), compared with its current location (right). Of course, the roads did not exist then:

Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Locations
Campbelltown Rotary Observatory: Old and New locations.

This is what it looked like then:

Rotary Observatory from Narellan Road 1
The Observatory in 2009, when it was in its original location. Viewed from Narellan Road.

All photographic images © R.Powell


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