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6 days ago

The Omega Centauri globular star cluster (NGC5139), a mouthful to say, but a real highlight of the southern sky this time of year.

Pegging out commences over the weekend on the new facilities!!! ... See more

1 week ago
Photos from Bathurst Observatory Research Facility's post

Plans for the new museum have been drawn up! (Thank you Bathurst Sheds). We are still a bit over budget with no grants forthcoming. I am hopeful there is a sponsor out there to be found, particularly ... See more

2 weeks ago
Photos from Bathurst Observatory Research Facility's post

Though I don't have my main imaging telescope operational again as yet, I used my trusty 35 year old telescope to image the Moon on the 5th August. Though not quite as good as the main scope, I am ... See more

2 weeks ago

The image of the milky way proved popular last week. So I imaged the 'other end' of it a few nights ago.

I met with the builder today as well and we will get things well and truly under way from ... See more

3 weeks ago

The rich regions of stars and dark gas lanes near the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. Imaged from our new site.

I will post a few plans of our new facility later this week, after a meeting with the ... See more

4 weeks ago
Photos from Bathurst Observatory Research Facility's post

The images of the Moon I posted to commemorate the Apollo 50th anniversary proved very popular. I was asked if I could post more (a part 2 as such). So here are a few more from my archive of recent ... See more

1 month ago
Photos from Bathurst Observatory Research Facility's post

I thought I would dig through my archive of lunar images to commemorate the 50 years since Apollo 11. Hope you enjoy. Many I have imaged under high magnification, but I also like the ones showing the ... See more

1 month ago

I haven't posted a nebula image for a while. So I dug into the archive (while the research telescope awaits the observatory building to be rebuilt). I imaged this about 2 years ago and recently had ... See more

1 month ago

Last week while imaging the Milky Way, I did some with a narrower field lens. This is the region around the star Antares. Love the colour contrasts! Time as well to get a move on getting our ... See more

1 month ago

A much wider view of the Milky Way from our new observatory site. (18mm lens). It is the region from the Southern Cross (right) to Sagittarius (left). For many Indigenous Australians, the dark areas ... See more

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AMP Tomorrow Maker 2015 Ray Pickard

Recipient of a major funding grant from the AMP Tomorrow Fund

I am very excited and humbled to announce that the observatory is the recipient of a major funding grant from the AMP Tomorrow Fund. The funding will be used to purchase new telescopes for education and general public tours and also for the purchase of new imaging and research equipment. This is very exciting for both the observatory and the region. I will post more information in the coming days.