Magellan Observatory Information
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Our observatory and accommodation are on a 120 acre property situated near Lake Bathurst in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.
We offer comfortable accommodation in a relaxed rural setting and access to some of the best astronomical equipment available to the public, or take one of our "Sky Tours" through our superb 61 cm (24 inch) diameter telescope which gathers 7500 times more light than the naked eye and is housed in a 4.5 metre dome.
The observatory and "Sky Tours" are for the exclusive use of our guests using the on-site accommodation so there's "No Queueing, More Viewing".
With an elevation of 780 metres, and a location well away from city lights (200 km from Sydney and 70 km from Canberra), we have very dark skies and exceptionally detailed views through our 61 cm computerized telescope.
For experienced amateur astronomers we also have a variety of astrophotography equipment, including a 31 cm (12 1/2 inch) F6.7 Ritchey Chretien astrograph, and a Takahashi FSQED - a 106 mm astrograph which can be used at F3.6, F5 or F8.
We also have solar telescopes - an Ha telescope which makes viewing solar flares and prominences possible, and a solar "white light" telescope for viewing sunspots.
Whether you're an experienced amateur astronomer wanting to do some serious observing and/or astrophotography or have never looked through a telescope before, or perhaps you just want a relaxing stay in the country, we can cater to your needs.
Your hosts during your stay are Zane Hammond (a long time "Astro Boy") and his wife Fiona.