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 ALL ages 5 years and above.
Moon & Planets Show
The Moon and Planets night time showa are the best times to see the Moon up close in telescopes..These shows are best for school age - Yr 2 and Yr 3.
No shows are done 4 nights before, on and 4 nights after, a Full Moon - just too much moonlight to see anything!
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.
Yes, bookings are essential for both Day and Night shows. Phone 4164 6194
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.
45 persons for a night show and 77 persons for a day show.
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.
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.
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.
If you wear glasses for infinity vision leave them on, as the telescopes will be focused for 20-20 vision
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.