Frequently Asked Questions

1Why did you move the Observatory to the Kingaroy airport?

To be closer to Motels, B&B's and eatery outlets. We re just a short 4 minute drive from the town's CBD and we have nice dark skies!

2On what dates do you run your Night Shows?

Our night shows only operate on the dates listed in our Best Dates Show Information 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.

3Must I book for a Day and / or Night show?

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

4Can I book and pay online?

NO. 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.

5What 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.

6Do 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.

7What 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.

8What 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.

9If 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.

10Can I buy a star?

While 'buying a star' is a nice way to remember a deceased loved or any other reason, it's a novelty as tou can buy anything on the Net. The only organisation that can name (not own) a star, clarify a constellation, name a planet, moon, etc, is the International Astronomical Union (IAU) which represents 1000's of prof astronomer and scientist worldwide. So if you have brought a star or it has been named for you and you want to see it in a telescope, as long as you have the star's current celestial position, our computer operated telescopes, can slew to those coordinates.

11How large and what type are the telescopes you use?

We have three LX200 Meade 14 inch diameter mirror F10 Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes capable of magnifying up to 800X.

12Is it difficult to look through your telescopes?

No. We use 2" dia. eyepieces so they are big enough to use even when wearing glasses. Each telescope has its own height adjusting pier that can be raised or lowered the scopes to suit the height of any observer, including those in wheelchairs.

13When is the best times to see a starry night sky?

Any night that has NO cloud and little to NO Moonlight. Look at our Show Dates page or contact us to find out or when to book your starry night show

14What 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.

15What is the main attraction in the Day Session?

Viewing the Sun on the big screen from a colour video camera attached to the Solar telescope outside in the white dome.

You also get a special 10 minute video about the Sun which explains Solar Prominences, Flares, Sunspots, Auroras etc.

We also show you other videos about the Solar System and the Universe.

16Can I take Moon photos through your telescopes?

If you want to take DSLR photos of the Moon after a night show and you pay the $50 fee, we'll provide the adapter you will need and show you can to do it.

17How close does the Moon, planets and stars look through your telescopes?

When the 'seeing' is right our telescopes can show you unbelievable clarity.

18Why are you so happy in your work? (kids question)

Because I like my job.

19Have you ever been into Space or to the Moon? (kid's question)

I'm still waiting on my passport and ticket from NASA.

20How many stars in a galaxy and how many galaxies? (kids question)

No one really knows. My guess is just about as many stars as grains of sand on a beach for both.

21Is there any accommodation in Kingaroy?

Yes! Just click on our Accom/ tab above to het a full list and more!