Frequently Asked Questions
1. The shows are outside in the cold night air, not suitable for little ones when the temps hover around 3C in winter and 10C in summer. 2. During the 2 hour show, the astronomer is giving a running commentary to others, to what they're viewing in the telescopes and answering questions, all without disruption. 3. While we do not ban under 5's, we make it imperative to any parent wishing to bring under 5's, that if the small one is getting noisy, the parent must take them next door into the Star Theatre and nurse them, so not to be a disruption to others as mentioned above. The parents can take turns nursing the little one. 4. Under 5's will not understand very much if at all, to what they're looking at, or even see it properly in the telescope. While we make every effort to allow everyone to enjoy the show, little ones can get bored very easily, not settle down and upset the tranquillity and harmony of others.
To be closer to Motels, B&B's and eatery outlets. We are just a short 4 minute drive from the town's CBD and we have nice dark skies!
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.
Night shows only run when we have 4 or more adults and if the skies are clear/ Always check with the Obs. first.
Yes, bookings are essential for both Day and Night shows. Phone 4164 6194
NO. You can not pay online as we have no idea of what the weather will be like on your booked night.
You pay CASH at the Observatory door if the show is going ahead.
40 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 at 6pm on the night of your booking for a check. 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.
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.
While 'buying a star' is a nice way to remember a deceased loved or any other reason, it's a novelty as you can buy anything on the Internet these days. 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 to see if that star is visible.
We have three LX200 Meade 14 inch diameter mirror F10 Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes capable of magnifying up to 800X.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to take DSLR photos of the Moon after a night show there is an additional fee involved.
When the 'seeing' is right our telescopes can show you unbelievable clarity.
Because I like my job.
Only in my dreams.
There are more stars in a typical galaxy than grains of sand on a beach and more galaxies in the Universe than every grain of sand on Earth.
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