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Perth Observatory has served WA in astronomy, time-keeping, and global positioning for over 120 years and remains actively involved in public education through school day tours and night-sky tours for the public. The observatory was entered on the State’s Heritage Register in 2005 and has been recognized for its scientific, cultural, and historical significance, including co-discovering the rings of Uranus. Activities include star viewing nights, daytime guided tours, astrophotography workshops, public lectures, special events, schools program, remote astronomy field nights, private parties, and weddings. The observatory is open for guided tours and visits to the museum, shop, and bushland grounds, where you will encounter historical clocks and telescopes dating back over 100 years and an iron meteorite that is one of the oldest, fastest, and most traveled objects in the Milky Way. A range of modern and historical telescopes are used to explore the southern hemisphere skies, with volunteers providing a guide to the array of planets, galaxies, nebulae, and globular clusters on display. Bookings are essential--please check the website for seasonal availability and timings. Make Perth Observatory a centerpiece of your Bickley vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bickley online journey builder.
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We recently visited the observatory on a clear moonless night and greatly appreciated the stars in all their beauty. The volunteers are dedicated to making the experience worth remembering and...
We recently visited the observatory on a clear moonless night and greatly appreciated the stars in all their beauty. The volunteers are dedicated to making the experience worth remembering and... more »
Such a great night, would highly recommend! We did the night tour which lasted approx. 2 hours. It was excellently organised as we were divided into smaller groups. We then rotated around each of...
Such a great night, would highly recommend! We did the night tour which lasted approx. 2 hours. It was excellently organised as we were divided into smaller groups. We then rotated around each of... more »
The thing about looking through a telescope is it's fairly underwhelming for mister Joe Blow compared to the fantastic detailed sky photography that is presented as reality based on hundreds of exposures, each lasting many minutes, computer combined to a single image then artificial colour added derived from radiation sources we cannot see, what you'll see on the night through the telescopes is generally bright smudges. The night tour started at 19:30, the sky is impressively dark looking away from Perth's glow, the Milky Way, our galaxy, is truly amazing, Having never seen it before, too much city light pollution, it's an emotional experience. Groups are formed from attendees, named alpha, beta, delta, gamma etc - you get the drill, then admitted to each telescope in turn twice to view selected objects, nebulae, cluster galaxies - the most impressive through the 30" Obsession telescope. I would have preferred to have been given a list of the objects viewed, the volunteer staff vary in knowledge, some brilliant others just learning - the information provided is generally more interesting than the viewed objects. Go and look at the amazing Milky Way - and be stunned.
Perth Observatory is absolutely fabulous. It is completely run by the volunteer group and all money received is used to maintain and improve the Observatory. The volunteers are amazing people passionate about space and the Observatory, they love sharing knowledge and the tours are fantastic.
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