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Night Telescope Viewing at the Sydney Observatory

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by Maria Katsiotis (subscribe)
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Published July 5th 2011
For an experience that is out of this world, one only needs to visit the Sydney Observatory where planets and stars collide in an unforgettable event.

An interactive activity, astronomy buffs will get the chance to reach for the stars through the use of telescopes and lasers, depending on the weather. Patrons will get the chance to learn about the workings of the universe and have questions answered from gifted tour guides, who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter.

Although there is no onsite parking and tickets sometimes sell-out early, it's still a wonderful experience that will have you returning again. Highlights include viewing the stars from the telescope dome, seeing a movie from the 3-D space theatre and an insightful Q&A from a guide with a powerful laser pointer that can reach space.


As mentioned earlier, it is best to choose a night when the sky is clear and the planets are closer, but all in all a wonderful experience for the family to enjoy.

Family passes are $47 and are great for those wanting to take their kids out rather than see a movie which can cause a blackhole in ones pocket. Adult ticket are $17 and night sessions must be pre-booked and pre-paid either online via their website or by telephone on on (02) 9921 3485.
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Why? An experience that is out of this world
When: Open every night except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday
Where: Sydney Observatory
Cost: $17
Something I would love to do. I desire to learn more about the stars that surround us and this would be a great way to do it. Have you been there? And if so, what stars did you see?

The Australian Geographic stores have some great telescopes, charts, books and all sorts of things about the atmosphere that are great too.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Saturday, 9th of July @ 04:10 am
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