Show Info

Kingaroy Observatory Show Information

Stars & Planets Show

Our Stars and Planets night time shows are the best times to see the Milky Way stars, Constellations, Nebulae, Star Clusters, and Galaxies. This show is suitable for ages 12yrs and up.

milky way

Moon & Planets Show

The Moon and Planets night time showa are the best times to see the Moon up close in telescopes. This show is best for 5 - 12yr olds.

Moon Craters

No shows are done 4 nights before, on and 4 nights after, a Full Moon - just too much moonlight to see anything!

FAQ

1On what dates do you run your Night Shows?

Our night shows only operate on the dates listed in our Best Dates page. We don't do any night shows 4 nights before, on, and 4 nights after a Full Moon.

Day and Night shows only run when we have 4 or more persons and if the skys are clear.

2Must I book for a Day and / or Night show?

Yes, bookings are essential for both Day and Night shows. Phone 4164 6194

3Can I book and pay online?

You can book onlike but you can not pay online as we have no idea of what the weather will be like on your booked night.

You pay at the Observatory door if the show is going ahead. There is a 5% added fee if paying via credit or eftpos, if you do not wish to pay this, please pay with cash.

4What is the maximum number you can take for a Night or Day show?

45 persons for a night show and 77 persons for a day show.

5Do I have to check with the Observatory for Night Show weather updates?

YES! If there's patchy cloud in the sky it's recommended that you call the Observatory and check to see if that night show is still on. Alternatively, you can view our ALL SKY CAMERA on our website.

6What do you do if the skies cloud up during a stargazing show?

If the sky clouds up within the first 30 minutes of the show and there is no sign it will clear, you will be offered a refund or given a 3 month rain-check. If the skies cloud up AFTER the first 30 minutes and there's no sign of it clearing, we offer two alternatives: Adjourn to the Star Theatre for an A/V program to finish off the booked session or go home.There are NO refunds.

7What do we get to see in the telescopes?

On moonless nights you get to see to see a lot more of the night skies because the darker it is, the more you see. On these nights we show you through our telescopes, things like double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

On the Moon nights you get to see the Moon and planets up close however, star clusters etc, won't look as bright as on a moonless night, but nonetheless you do get to see whatever we can show you in our telescopes. Winter is best to view (and photograph) the Milky Way, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Carina. In Summer Orion, Canis Majoris, Rigel Orionis, the Great Nebula of Orion - M42, and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Check our Show Dates page to plan your night out under the stars.

8If I wear glasses do I leave them on?

If you wear glasses for infinity vision leave them on, as the telescopes will be focused for 20-20 vision

9What do I wear or bring on my observing night?

In winter, do not wear jeans as cotton will absorb the cold night air and dew. Instead, wear track suit, woollen clothes.

In summer you can wear what you feel comfortable in but bring a coat just in case.

If you keep your head, feet and hands warm, your whole body will stay warm. We supply blankets to keep your lap and shoulders warm.