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The Astronomical Group of Western Australia (AGWA) was formed to provide activity and networking for amateur astronomers, with or without their own telescopes.

Activities throughout the year include: Field trips, seminars by noted astronomers, workshops astronomy and related talks as well as special events.

Membership benefits include:

* Use of the AGWA Observatory (on payment of $20 Single or $30 Family p.a. paid in January)

* A discount for group bookings to Perth Observatory (30 or more people).

* Discounts on selected products from BTOW.

* Members only special events ie meteor watching, occultations and eclipses.

* Lectures/seminars.

* Workshops on CCD imaging, astrophotography, telescopes etc.

* New product demonstrations.

* Visits to sites around WA.

Membership to AGWA email list is available FREE, just send your details to

The monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at BTOW in MALAGA Unit 5 41 Holder Way Malaga. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. for socialising before the talks begin at 7:30 p.m. After a break at about 8:30 and during which we have tea, coffee or Milo and more socialising, the group reconvenes for further talks and any announcements. Often we have an address by a visiting speaker as a part of the programme and members likewise often address the meeting. The cost for attending the meetings is $3.00 members and $5.00 visitors.

On Saturday nights when there is no Moon and the weather is favourable, we go observing faint objects away from some of the light pollution of the city. Our venue for this purpose is a private observatory on the property of Golden Grove, a tourist citrus orchard in the Chittering valley out of Bullsbrook.

Visitors and guests are always welcome to join us in these activities just talk to an AGWA member.

There are special interest groups in AGWA for owners of various telescopes. Other special interest groups may be formed by any members who share a particular astronomical interest or equipment. If your interest is not already catered to by such a group, find other members with the same interest and form a group. The club library at BTOW includes a register of special interests among the members. This is a good place to start. In view, however, of the fact that many members may be unaware of the register's existence, please email and we will send out a group email. Alternatively let us know at a meeting night and make an announcement.

Trips into the country for special astronomical events, such as solar eclipses, are arranged among the members from time to time. These are announced at the meetings and subsequently emailed out, so that all members who are interested can discuss the details amongst themselves.


Travel North on the Great Northern Highway, as you enter Bullsbrook, take the right hand turning, signed Chittering Rd. Travel 14 k’s down this rd, on the right hand side you will pass a sign for “Peace be Still” guesthouse. Just past this on the right hand side is the Golden Grove Tea rooms, turn into the drive and go between the tea rooms and the building on your right. Go over the bridge and in front of you is the sorting shed, look to the left and you will see a large dish and two sheds to the right of the dish, those two buildings are the Golden Grove Observatory. Park your car in the carpark area before you get to the observing pads.

If you would like to join AGWA simply send an email to or
Email only membership is free!






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