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Observatories

To get your observatory listed here, please contact me and give me the details, such as your website, phone number, location, viewing nights, a brief blurb, picture or logo, whatever details you'd like to see here, and I'll add you to the page.

Australian Observatories

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New Zealand Observatories

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New South Wales

Koolang Astronomical Observatory

Koolang Observatory is open to the general public on Friday and Saturday night for booked visits. We open 7 days or nights for group shows.

(02) 49988216

Magellan Observatory

If you're wanting a holiday with a difference why not spend some time with us. Whether you're a dedicated astronomer or just want a relaxing stay in the country we have the ideal escape for you.

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Anglo-Australian Observatory

The AAO operates the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes on behalf of the astronomical communities of Australia and the UK. To this end the Observatory is funded equally by the Australian and British Governments. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for British and Australian optical astronomers.

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Parkes Radio Telescope

The Parkes Observatory is operated by the Australia Telescope National Facility, ATNF, a division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, CSIRO. The ATNF, Australia's premier radio-astronomy institute, has its headquarters at ATNF, Marsfield/Epping, Sydney and operates three sites in NSW, Australia: Parkes, Narrabri and Mopra.

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Sydney Observatory

Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is Australia's oldest Observatory, and one of the most significant sites in the nation's scientific history. It is recognised as an item of 'state significance' by the New South Wales Government and is heritage listed. It is located near Sydney's historic Rocks district and the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, and is easily accessed by bus, train, ferry or car.

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Macquarie University Observatory

The Macquarie University Observatory was originally constructed as a research facility but, since 1997, has also been accessible to the public through its Public Observing Program. The Observatory saw a record crowd on the night of 29th August 2003, with 667 visitors attending to observe the Opposition of Mars. The Observatory continues to support both public-access astronomy and research-level activities.

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Grove Creek Observatory

Grove Creek Observatory is a non-profit professional research facility. It is a dedicated remote internet telescope CCD imaging facility, that has 3 remote controlled observatories with a number of telescopes available for amateurs use, via the internet. Grove Creek Observatory no longer holds public tours.

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Linden Observatory

Public observatory and observing site for WSAAG society members and their guests.

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Port Macquarie Observatory

The observatory is open to the public on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Doors open 7.15pm (8pm Daylight saving) and the presentation starts at 7.30 (8.15pm Daylight saving). An entertaining presentation takes you for a tour of the night sky with spectacular images of astronomical objects followed by stunning 3D photos from the surface of Mars (special 3D glasses provided for show). After the presentation, weather permitting, the evening ends with a look at an astronomical object through the observatory's telescope.

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Bathurst Observatory

Bathurst Observatory Research Facility. Public "Open Nights" held regularly, see web site for the latest details. We are located at the site of the Bathurst Sheep and Cattle Drome, Bathurst NSW, 624 Limekilns Road, Bathurst NSW.

Contact details on the right. Public and school tours are our speciality.

 Phone: (02) 63373988

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UWS Penrith Observatory

The University of Western Sydney operates an observatory at Werrington in Western Sydney. The observatory houses the largest publicly accessible telescope in NSW at 0.6m (24 inches).

Public viewing nights are held once a month with extra nights during school holidays. The observatory is also available for booking by school, scout and other associations.

Roslyn McCourt:
(02) 47360135

Queensland

Mapleton Observatory

Mapleton Observatory is a community based observatory at the Mapleton Primary School on the Sunshine Coast. Call or see the website for open nights and tours.

(07) 54457792
Australian Capital Territory

Mount Stromlo Observatory

The AAO operates the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes on behalf of the astronomical communities of Australia and the UK. To this end the Observatory is funded equally by the Australian and British Governments. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for British and Australian optical astronomers.

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Canberra Space Dome and Observatory

The Canberra Space Dome & Observatory is open to the general public 5 nights a week, Tuesday to Saturday. We are closed public holidays. Observatory sessions are at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm, but during daylight saving, session start at 8:30pm. Planetarium sessions are scheduled at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. All sessions run for about 45 minutes. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

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Victoria

Ballarat Observatory

This Observatory, situated at Mount Pleasant in Ballarat,  was established on the initiative and with the financial support of James Oddie, and was formally opened to the public in 1886.  When Oddie presented the Observatory to the people of Ballarat, it became the first municipal observatory in Australia.

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Melbourne Planetarium

The Melbourne Planetarium is located at Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. It features a 16m domed ceiling, reclining seats, a stereo surround sound system and has recently been upgraded to incorporate Sky-Skan's DigitalSky projection system. This new full-dome video projection system blankets the hemispherical dome with a single seamless, super high-resolution video image. The result is spectacular colour and movement like never before, creating a unique immersive environment and awe-inspiring astronomical experience.

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Teetoora Road Observatory

The Tetoora Road Observatory is registered with Australia for optical research No. D03-35.

The main focus is on variable stars of which I have recorded over 220,000 observations of variable stars since May 1993. I am currently building a new 3.8 meter observatory and upgrading to a 22" telescope which will be built by SDM telescopes and permanently mounted.

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Bogartz Observatory

Bogartz observatory has been in operation over 7 years here in Lake Boga Victoria just 17 km south of Swan Hill.
We are open 7 days a week and open for two or more people, cater for groups and schools.
 
We have 4 telescopes 1x14inch Meade with Dome, 2x 8inch Meade and a 10" Dobsonian.A studio with video projection and full surround sound, 
 
Lake Boga Observatory.  TEL.0400 123 962. Address 236 Murray Valley Hwy Lake Boga Vic. 3584
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