Siding Spring Observatory

Overview

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Siding Spring Observatory is Australia's premier optical astronomical research facility. Located 27 kilometres west of Coonabarabran on the edge of…

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

Siding Spring Observatory is Australia's premier optical astronomical research facility. Located 27 kilometres west of Coonabarabran on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park, it is home to Australia's largest optical telescopes, including the 3.9 metres Anglo Australian Telescope, the 2.3-metre Advanced Technology Telescope and the two-metre Faulkes Telescope South.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the Exploratory with hands-on activities and information about the universe, the solar system and the research activities undertaken by astronomers at the site.

Tours are offered on different days, for further information on tours, please contact direct. Bookings are essential. Contact by the phone number provided or book through the website.

The annual Star Fest celebration at Siding Spring Observatory is held on the Labour Day weekend in October. It's your chance to explore the whole site, talk with astronomers about the universe and the research they are undertaking. You might even get a chance to take a look through a telescope yourself! More information can be found on the StarFest website.

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