Experience our amazing night sky through our wide range of telescopes at our sky viewing nights. Our Volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters.
You will also be able to browse our museum and see historical instruments, our meteorite exhibit, astrophotographs & artwork, and admire the beauty of the Atlas Coelestis, the first Star Atlas ever printed in 1729 from the work of John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain.
Tour Start Time
|Sep||7:30 pm||Oct||8:00 pm|
|Nov||8:30 pm||Dec||8:30 pm|
|Jan||8:30 pm||Feb||8:30 pm|
|Mar||8:00 pm||Apr||7:30 pm|
Please Note: Tours are 1½ to 2 hours long
There are three kinds of night sky tours:
Dark Sky Nights
Dark sky nights are when there’s no Moon. The fainter objects such as globular clusters and nebulae show up well against the darker background of a moonless sky.
Moonlit nights are when the Moon is one of the observing targets. The best detail on the lunar surface is seen around half moon phase. Star clusters and bright nebulae will also be visible.
Full Moon Nights
Full moon nights are when a Full Moon occurs on a weekend or during a school holiday period.
To see when these types of tours will be held click the button below.
Please be aware that step or platform ladders are used to see through the eyepieces for some of our telescopes. We do have a pantograph telescope for people in wheelchairs but they do need to have movement in their upper body to use the telescope. If you or someone in your group requires the pantograph telescope, you can let us know by filling in the notes field in the checkout section when paying for your booking and we’ll make sure it’s ready on the night.