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Explore the New East Dome at Sydney Observatory

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Published March 9th 2015
Sydney Observatory's new East Dome makes the stars accessible to everyone

Come and discover the brand new East Dome at Sydney Observatory.

This purpose built telescope dome was opened to the public in late January 2015 and is the most significant change to Sydney Observatory in 50 years.

The new steel and glass building is located on the eastern side of the Observatory and houses the original, fully restored, metal dome (removed from the site in 1986) and the spectacular astrographic telescope (star camera) used for decades to map the Southern sky.

The East Dome is Sydney Observatory's third dome and it has been specifically designed to accommodate people with limited mobility.

The new, state of the art telescope features a specially designed articulated relay eyepiece that is easily adjustable to different heights. The telescope is one of several in the world and the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Currently on display inside the building is an interpretive exhibition, 'Accessing the Sky', showcasing the site's substantial heritage.

For more information on special events and activities at the Sydney Observatory, please visit

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Where: Sydney Observatory
Cost: $10 Adult, $8 Concession, $26 Family
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Great article! I love the Sydney observatory - last year, my six year old and I saw a solar flare in real time, amazing! Will definitely check out the new dome.
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