Australian Astronomical Observatory Coonabarabran
Where is it at?
Australian Astronomical Observatory
Siding Spring Observatory
Tel: 02 6842 2266
Where are we going today?
The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) provides world-class optical and infrared observing facilities enabling Australian astronomers to do excellent science. The AAO is a world leader in astronomical research and in the development of innovative telescope instrumentation. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.
There is a visitors' gallery and exhibition area open to the public which also incorporates a cafe and souvenir shop. During NSW school holidays, guided tours of the site are offered. Groups of over 15 adults may apply for Behind the Scenes walking or bus tours.
When can we go?
Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Th
Any Top Tips?
An Open Day is held annually on the second Sunday in October, where visitors may meet astronomers, see inside a number of the telescopes which are open to the public on this one day of the year..