Private Telescope Viewing Session

Similar to the Premium Session but for 1 person or your own small group.

Session goes for 2 hours max and are held late in the night (last session). It can be brought forward if there are no bookings for the earlier session. For February it is generally at 12:30am.

It is a combination of telescope viewing and astrophotography with the proportion of each can be varied depending if you prefer more telescope viewing or more astrophotography.

Cost is $165 per person 5 years of age and above.

The show is not suitable for children unless they have a genuine interest in the night sky and astronomy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Expert guided view of the Night Sky

View stars, nebulae, & galaxies through our telescopes. If there are any planets visible, we will show you those as well.

Astronomy presentation.

Use of a pair of binoculars and a tour of the night sky

Live view of distant galaxies using a CCD camera on our largest telescope.

If you bring a compatible DSLR camera or compatible mirrorless camera, we can take images of nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters through the telescope. No limit on the number of photos within the 2 hour session.

Compatible cameras are Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras. Sony mirrorless. Canon mirrorless if you have an adaptor to fit DSLR lenses.

Alternatively you can use our Canon RA (modified for astronomy if you purchase an SD card here).

You must know the settings on your camera, manual, ISO, exposure time, ability to zoom in on the back screen with live view, bulb setting if you bring a remote shutter release.

Free 6 x 4 picture of an object we have taken through our telescope.

To book, call or email peter 0488 425 940, email [email protected]

You can cancel by only emailing me at [email protected] 3 days notice is required for you to receive a refund excluding the small booking fee. If less than 3 days notice is given, a refund is only given if we can resell the tickets.

Do not contact iwannaticket, as the request to cancel will only be passed onto the observatory to be addressed several business days later. This will be too late for the cancellation and you will not be issued any refund.

If you wish to move your ticket to another date, the same rules apply as above for cancellations.

We may cancel the show if the sky is overcast or it is raining.

The show may also be cancelled if there is an equipment failure or the guide is sick.

If we cancel the show, a full refund is issued.

If the sky becomes overcast or rains a part way into the show unexpectedly, we issue a 50% refund excluding any booking fees

What you see depends on the time of night and time of year.

Planets are not always visible as this changes through the night and time of year, and that varies in different years.

It will also depend on how bright the sky is. This depends on if the Moon is visible during the show and what phase it is. The fainter objects like nebulae and galaxies are generally not visible around Full Moon and impacted on phases greater than First Quarter.

It also depends on the amount of cloud cover. The clearer the sky is the more objects we see.

Astrophotographs dont work when the Moon is at phases between 1st Quarter and 3rd Quarter Moon.

A list of objects we plan to show for this month are listed below. This is for 12:30am. If the show is brought forward, the list would change.