Bathurst Observatory Research Facility

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  • Monday the 27th begins the relocation of the observatory back to the research site. A crane will be used to lift the dome off the walls and then each component will be disassembled and trucked back to the research site for refurbishing and reassembled. For those that have asked, yes, I am funding this out of my own pocket. It has been suggested to try crowd funding, but I am embarrassed to ask people to help.
  • AR2192 is the largest sunspot in many years. It has a very complex structure and now that it is 'aimed' at Earth, the potential for a powerful solar flare! 22nd October 2014.
  • Sunspot AR2192. The dark core of this monster could fit 2 Earths inside it! It will be interesting is a couple of days when the sun rotates more to get a better view. Image 19th October 2014. There was a disaster last night While testing the research telescope. The camera control cable had got caught and with a loud crack, snapped when the telescope moved. I now have no control cable and hope the camera is not damaged. What is my chance of finding one today?
  • One image of the lunar eclipse of the 8th of October. I promise to upload more as soon as facebook allows me!
  • I have completed the re-wiring of the mount for the research telescope and just need to wait on a few parts for the telescope. Once the parts are installed, the telescope will be ready for testing. The picture is of the mount. However, I have given up on trying to get a transport company to relocate the observatory building as a whole. They have not been very helpful, so though having the telescope almost ready, I have nothing to put it in! I can assemble the telescope outside for testing (then pull it apart again at the end of the testing session). As for the building, it looks like I will be forced to disassemble the whole thing and return it bit by bit.
  • Spiral galaxy NGC 7793. It is about 13 million light years away. I hadn't imaged it before, as it is hard to find a guide star to lock onto for tracking. September 2014.
  • (last post today, I promise!) After being very quiet for a few weeks, the sun has developed another large group of sunspots. While this group has the potential for a strong solar flare, they remain calm. Image 24th Sep 2014.
  • Comet 2014 E2 Jacques. Though a very faint comet that is now heading away from the sun, it still shows a tail and the faint green glow of gases around its coma. (Sept 23rd, 2014). This is a single unprocessed image.
  • NGC 7582 (and others), a group of galaxies about 60 million light years away in the constellation of Grus. What makes this picture special, is that this is the first that my son help image. (Image 22nd Sept 2014).
  • Spiral galaxy NGC253. I use this as my cover image, but this was a new image taken Saturday night. This galaxy is a fairly 'dusty' spiral, that we see somewhat edge on. It is about 10 million light years away. It would rank in my top 3 galaxies.
  • Comet 2013 A1 Siding Springs (20th Sept, 2014), a single image (2min). The comet's tail is getting harder to make out, as the comet nears the richer star fields of the milky way. In less than a month, the comet has its near miss with Mars.
  • I have imaged this before, but still think that M27 is just a terrific object. The central star is dying, and has shed its out layers to form a giant 'bubble' of gas around the remaining core. The colours are mainly due to oxygen and hydrogen gas.
  • Sunday 14th September. This (grainy) image is of comet 2014 A1 Siding Springs as it approaches Mars for its close encounter with the planet in October.
  • This week I am trying to finalise plans to have the observatory dome moved from its present site, back to the observatory site here. This is no small move! The dome is 6.7m in diameter and will require two escort vehicles, crane and truck. The hard bit is, being self funded, it looks like I will have to find the funds from my own pocket for this move. The move is currently planned for 2 weeks time. I will then move the walls back and have the dome placed back on top and then fit out the B.A.R.T telescope inside.
  • Well the cloud did clear last night and despite bright moon light, I was JUST able to capture a very faint image of the asteroid. As the image of the asteroid is visually unimpressive, I turned the telescope around and took an image of the moon instead.
  • After imaging the comet, I thought I would get a quick snap of the Moon. (31st Aug, 2014)
  • Comet 2013A1 Siding Springs imaged 31 August 2014. This comet will very narrowly miss the planet Mars on October 19th. Should be an interesting encounter. Stay tuned for more info.
  • It is like Christmas! Three meteorites arrived today as gifts for our display. A big thank you to Big Kahuna Meteorites and Gary.
  • M16 is know as the 'Eagle' nebula. I imaged this a few nights ago. In the middle of the nebula are pillars of gas. A close up of these pillars was imaged by the Hubble telescope and titled 'the pillars of creation', as they represent a region where stars are being formed.
  • M20 is also known as the 'Trifid' nebula. The blue is caused by starlight reflecting off the cloud of hydrogen gas, while the pink is caused by the hydrogen gas itself emitting light as a result of the nearby energetic star. Image 19th July 2014.
  • I promise, this is the last solar image for a while! But the sun is looking pretty hot (pun) with the amount of sunspot groups. It has been 3 days since the last image and the sun's rotation has turned all the groups to face Earth.. (Image 8th July 2014).
  • Sunspot group 2104 is the largest for a few months. It will be interesting if it produces solar flares. 2 July 2014.
  • Another Globular, known as M4 sits very close in the sky to bright orange star Antares in Scorpius. (I still think the one in Ara is better!)
  • NGC 6397. This Globular Star Cluster is located in the small southern constellation of Ara. It would have to be in the top 5 of impressive globular clusters and is about 7,500 light years away.
  • NGC 6231. This nebula is in Scorpius. It is sometimes called the prawn nebula, as it does have kind of a shrimp like shape. Two bright stars mark the 'eyes'. imaged on a very damp, cool night! 18th June 2014.
  • ... Meanwhile, the Sun, 8th Jun. The sunspot groups on the sun have shown a rapid increase in complexity in the last 24 hours. This increases the chances of solar flares.
  • The Moon, 7th June. This is an image I captured, just before the public tour. The crater Copernicus is prominent near the terminator (shadow edge). Copernicus is 93 km in diameter. Remember, those present for the tour, email me and I will send you the full resolution image!
  • NGC 5566 is a pair of interacting galaxies. I had been planning this image for a number of weeks, but had to wait for a cloudless night.
  • Though VERY low in our northern sky, a much better comet is 2012K1 Panstarrs. The telescope was locked onto the movement of the comet, so the stars appear as streaks.

Bathurst Observatory Research Facility

Bathurst NSW Australia

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Bathurst Observatory Research Facility is an observatory site primarily for education, research and study, though we do offer general public viewing nights.


Open Nights Star Tours.

Open Nights Star Tours

Bookings essential for all tours.

(All tours subject to weather)


Night Tours for October 2016 will be at 9:00pm

Tours are generally on Friday and Saturday Nights, please see below for days and dates scheduled.


Scheduled Tour dates:-


October 2016 Tour Dates (Note; Daylight Saving Summer Time has Started so Tours at 9:00pm)


Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th (Note; Race weekend)

Friday October 21st and Saturday October 22nd

Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th


Bookings essential.

Please note that the main telescope is pretty big and requires use of a small stepladder for viewing. Please advise if you would have difficulties with steps and we can set up a different telescope.


There are no tours for the week near Full Moon. The moon is too bright to see the stars.

In addition to normal tours, midweek tours can be arranged (except Sundays) for groups of 10 or more.
* There may be some mid week research nights where tours are not available.

Tours Prices

Costs :

Adults $15 per person

Children/Concession $10.00 per person

(Note: we have NO credit card facilities)

Tour bookings and enquires, phone (6337 3988), or email us. (Email is by far the best way to get us).

How to find us? See Location!



Why "Open Nights"?

Bathurst Observatory in eveningWe used to do tours in the observatory dome. However, we found that the dome itself blocked out most of the night sky! Our visitors wanted to view through a telescope but be able to see and hear about the wonders of the night sky at the same time. We particularly had many visitors from urban areas wanting to see a nice dark country sky full of stars. The solution, set up the public telescope as nature wanted us to, on cleared ground next to the observatory, under the wonder of the Southern stars.

Our tours are conducted with the only guide with over ten years educational astronomy experience and with Bachelor of Education Honours Degree! Our guide is also an internationally recognised expert in the field of meteorites.

Tours require bookings and are weather dependent. (We can't see stars through clouds!) Tour duration is about 1 hour, depending on time of year.

We cater for all school astronomy and space excursions, as well as general public telescope tours of the night sky. Primarily we offer our open night tours to inspire everyone to look to the night sky.

The Milky Way stretches overhead in this view taken at the Bathurst Observatory Research Facility - 6th July 2013The Milky Way stretches overhead in this view taken at the Bathurst Observatory Research Facility.
The Bathurst Observatory Research Facility (Research and Meteorite Related Enquires and Public Viewing Nights)

The Bathurst Observatory Research Facility, located on the current site on Limekilns Road north east of Bathurst. At the research site, we study, comets, asteroids, variable stars, meteors and meteorites. For research related enquires phone (02) 6337 3988.

We also welcome any enquires or questions you may have on Astronomy, Space or meteorite related matters. You may also, view the meteorites and mineral and fossil display that we have at the research site.

Our facebook page is regularly updated, so have a look for the latest news and images from the observatory.


Other Tours

Meteorite and Mineral Display

Solar Telescope Tours (Viewing the Sun)

On occasions, we are able to offer daytime telescope views of the sun. We have a special telescope that allows you to SAFELY view the sun. At present the availability of these tours will depend on three factors.

  1. that I'm available on the day.
  2. it is not cloudy.
  3. that the sun has some active features.

The third point is important, as sometimes the sun can be quiet and not as interesting to see.

These tours will be about 15 minutes in duration and by gold coin donation. Bookings for a solar tour would be essential.


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    624 Rossmore Park, Limekilns Rd, KELSO NSW 2795. Australia
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