We are open... and will stay open
did its first public show in December 1993 and, after 22 years of
continuous operation, it gets a new operator. From late June 2014
Koolang will be under new management. In the short term the
Observatory will operate in the same manner as it always has. All the
pertinant details you need are shown on this page.
Hours: we are open every Saturday night for booked
visitors; the doors open at 8pm and the program starts at 8:30pm.
The program generally runs for around 2 hours.
We will usually open any night of the week for groups
of 5 adults or more (or the dollar equivalent thereof) and can also
run day shows on the same basis. At least 48 hours notice is required
for one of these shows.
Booking: is essential for all shows.
To book, simply leave a message on 02 49988216 and we will get back
to you with a confirmation. Wait for the confirmation.
EFTPOS: we don't have it.
Weather: we do the shows whether it is cloudy or
a public access astronomical observatory, designed and built with
two purposes in mind - to make science, especially astronomy, more
accessible to the general public; and to be a resource for those
involved in teaching astronomy to children of all ages - K to 12.
Our on-site lessons for school children are curriculum based and our
adult programs are designed for those with the interest, and who
want to know more.
NOT JUST ABOUT TELESCOPES. We are about showing people the wonders
of the Universe. Of course we have telescopes, including one of the
largest public access telescopes in Australia. Our main telescope
is a 510mm F5 Newtonian reflector. All of our telescopes are designed
for you to look through. We even have telescopes which we can use
during the day to observe the nearest star to Earth - the Sun. And
if it is cloudy you can browse through our display centre or take
part in one of our indoor video shows.
SCIENCE DISPLAY CENTRE is filled with easy-to-understand
displays, posters and models which introduce you to some of the
fascinating aspects of our universe. Find out about Mars, learn
about the early days of manned space flight and get an idea of Jupiter's
massive gravity. Our experienced staff are happy to explain displays
and answer questions on life, the universe and everything.