The Heights Observatory
The Heights Observatory is a joint facility operated with The Heights School. The facility is located in metropolitan Adelaide, approximately 15km north-east of the city and is used primarily by school students to gain hands-on experience with their Astronomy studies and to show the public the night sky.
The Heights Observatory consists of two observatory buildings.
- The Papaelia Observatory is a traditional domed observatory housing a 14-inch f/10 Meade LX200 GPS ACF Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
- The Ingham Family Rooms is a roll-off roof building that doubles as a classroom for students studying astronomy. It contains a superior quality 12.5″ Ritchey-Chrétien Cassegrain telescope from Optical Guidance Systems on a Losmandy HGM 200 mount.
In addition to the permanent observatory buildings, The Heights Observatory also has a large portable 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope, a 10-inch Dobsonian and a variety of other visual and imaging equipment.
The Heights Observatory Public Viewing Nights
The Society holds public viewing nights at The Heights Observatory once a month. There is no need to book – just turn up on the night at the advertised starting time (8:00pm, or 8:30pm during daylight savings).
- Friday 9 September 2016 | 8 pm
- Friday 7 October 2016 | 8.30 pm
- Friday 4 November 2016 | 8.30 pm
- Friday 9 December 2016 | 8.30 pm
The following admission fees are charged at public viewing nights:
Adults $10 | Children under 15 $3 | Members free
Members should ensure they are wearing their name badge so that they are not charged for admission.
Viewing nights will only proceed if the weather is suitable. If in doubt, confirm by calling (08) 8338 1231 before travelling to any observing session.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Astronomical Society of South Australia website.
What: The Heights Observatory Public Viewing Nights
When: See above dates and times
Where: The Heights School | Augustus St | Modbury Heights
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