The Hamilton Observatory is a popular destination for adults and kids alike. Learning about space never goes out of fashion, and there is always something new happening in the heavens!
The observatory is run by the Hamilton Astrological Society, which as been running since 1933. In addition to public viewing nights, the society also runs clubs nights, and takes special bookings for groups of more than 20.
The Observatory is to the public twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Usually a member will present a topic for the first hour which will be a slide presentation with images of planets, galaxies or discussion of some special astronomical event happening.
After the presentation, everyone moves either outside, or to the observation dome. If outside, the poweful mobile telescopes will be used. If inside the built in telescope will be used. Weather conditions determine the use of which instrument. Society members are on hand the answer questions and assist with setting telescopes.
For keen astronomy enthusiasts, you can join the society who also hold monthly members-only meetings. There is usually a guest speaker either local, or a travelling professor from overseas who will shed light on new discoveries and share in the magic that is space exploration. Members get free access to all public events.
Please note image is generic, not of the actual telescope
You can find out more information on their website
Hours: Open from 7.30pm 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month (except January). Daylight daving start is 8.30pm.
Prices: Adult $10.00, Children $5.00. Cash only
Phone No: (07) 849 8522
Address: 183 Brymer Road, Hamilton (Next to the Hamilton Zoo)
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