Ray Pickard

Bathurst Observatory Meteorite Museum Building

The Bathurst Observatory Research Facility has recently moved location. We are in the process of building the Meteorite Museum shed. The Meteorite Museum will provide a space to display our meteorite, public education and video conferences into schools.

Bathurst Observatory Research Facility, Australia, has one of the only public displays of meteorites in NSW west of Sydney in our Meteorite Museum. We have over 200 specimens to be displayed, ranging from witnessed falls to historical pieces. You will be able to come and see our display of space models, minerals, fossils and meteorites.

Approval for the stage 1 components of the project have been obtained from Bathurst Regional Council.

The funding goal is to reach $45,000 which will cover the cost of concrete slab, the cost of the shed and construction. 

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Plan of the Meteorite Museum shed.

Plan of the Shed

Museum site pegged and ready to go.

Museum site pegged and ready to go

The meteorite museum aligns with the observatory’s work on asteroid, comet and  other astronomical research as well as public education and outreach.

We also study meteorites as part of our research goals, and have published a number of papers about meteorites.

We can also offer some services to meteorite collectors and researches wishing to display their specimens.

Some meteorites from the Bathurst Observatory collection

Iron meteorites will look like rusty lumps of iron, and unlikely to be found in humid or wet areas , as they rust away fairly quickly Iron meteorites will look like rusty lumps of iron, and unlikely to be found in humid or wet areas , as they rust away fairly quickly

 

Some of our displays below.

Museum Display

Museum Display

Museum Display

Museum Display

Museum Display

General space image from our observatory

General image from our Observatory

ABOUT US

The Observatory is currently privately owned and had operated at its old site on Limekilns Road, Bathurst since July 2000. In 2018, it was decided that the observatory should relocate to a much better site due to housing and other development at our previous site. Light pollution from developments would have rendered the old site impractical for further astronomy. As such, the old site has been sold and we have purchased a new site, further from Bathurst (at Billywillinga), which has much better observing sites, not only for tourism, but for research and professional/amateur astronomers as well.  We aim to provide multiple viewing experiences rather than one off options, to encourage multiple visitation.

The observatory is only one of its type in the region and will offer experiences and tour options no similar facility will offer. Its location and night activities will ensure overnight stays within the region or at our guest cottage.

TIME FRAME

The new observatory still in the construction and planning stage though will operate from late 2019, early 2020. A key goal is planning and ensuring the new site is developed to meet identified needs. This will ensure its adaptability now and into the future. However, current Bathurst Observatory telescopes are now being relocated to the new site, as well as the meteorite research collection and much more!

Some key aspects of the initial timeline;

* Relocation of the public outreach and imaging telescope with the observatory’s iconic dome.

* Set up of the public viewing telescopes and area.

* Construction of the meteorite research building (with displays)

* Availability of sites for setting up your own equipment

* Opening of the guest accommodation and planetarium in stage 2

The Bathurst Observatory’s iconic dome

The Bathurst Observatory’s iconic dome, soon to relocate to the new site. It houses our research and imaging telescope

Inside Bathurst Observatory’s iconic dome

Inside Bathurst Observatory’s iconic dome

Future stage 2 items for inclusion will be approval additional cabins and telescope sites as demand increases.

Note the planetarium is a fully modern computerised system and has an advantage in that it is portable and can be taken to schools, community events, as well as serve at the observatory site. It does not require an additional building, though provides an all-weather option for tours.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information about Bathurst Observatory Research Facility please visit our website at: https://bathurstobservatory.com.au/

and our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BathurstObservatory/

Artist's impression of the new site

Bathurst Observatory has moved location

Bathurst Observatory is in the process of moving to a new location. All facilities are currently being rebuilt.
Your Contribution of any amount will go towards:
$1000 for the crane, $5500 for the Observatory Foundations and Telescope Pier, $3500 for the Public Viewing Area.
Support for Bathurst Observatory is much appreciated!

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Thank you to the following Contributors, Bathurst Observatory appreciates your support.

TL

Trevor & Tina Leaman

$100.00 October 24, 2019

This world class facility will be an asset to the Central West. Hope it re-opens soon.

TB

Thomas Brooks

$25.00 October 8, 2019
CK

Casey Kristeff

$25.00 September 1, 2019

Looking forward to seeing the works commence

MM

Marian Matchett

$10.00 June 16, 2019

I really enjoy all your fb posts & photos - good luck with the move!!

RT

Ronda M Tester

$100.00 June 8, 2019
SR

Steve & Sandy Riley

$25.00 June 8, 2019
RG

Robert Gurber

$50.00 June 8, 2019
DA

Deb Aldridge

$500.00 May 25, 2019
VR

Vikki Rhodes

$25.00 May 24, 2019
BM

Ben Mann

$10.00 May 24, 2019

Good luck guys! Can’t wait to visit!

mg

mary & bret gambrill

$50.00 May 24, 2019

We love your work. Hope to visit one day soon.

KA

Kath Attree

$50.00 May 11, 2019