PERTH OBSERVATORY 337 Walnut Road, Bickley WA 6076

PERTH OBSERVATORY

GENERAL INFORMATION
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PERTH OBSERVATORY
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Perth Observatory is your observatory. It's WA's own State Government observatory, with a history that goes back more than 100 years. The original Observatory was founded in 1896, opposite where the main entrance to King's Park is now (Fraser Ave).The Observatory was re-located to Bickley in the mid-1960s to escape the light pollution in Perth. Our viewing sessions and tours are popular, so book well ahead to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by phoning (08)9293-8255 between 8:30am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. Payment must be made within 7 days. Payment by phone can be done withVisa card or Mastercard. To minimize inconvenience, especially on the evening sessions, please aim to arrive 15 minutes early. Our star viewing sessions are mainly outdoor activities, so please dress accordingly: jeans, joggers and jumpers or jackets if it's chilly. As you would on a camping trip. Smoking is prohibited in the Observatory grounds. The Observatory is part of the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), which requires visitors to take their litter out with them when they leave. Star Viewing Nights proceed as scheduled even if the sky is cloudy. In this event, an alternative program will run. Visitors who come on such a night will be given the opportunity to come again at half price, and to come only if the sky is clear. DISABLED ACCESS is available to some, but not all areas of the Observatory. The main administration building, housing the display room and the lecture room, can be accessed by a wheelchair ramp at the back of the building. In the visitors' observing area a small telescope can be set up on a pantograph mount for people in wheelchairs, but really only for one or two at a time. Upper body mobility is needed. Please tell the staff about your special needs when you call to make your booking.

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Visitor Activities September 2010 to August 2011

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Perth Observatory 337 Walnut Road, Bickley WA 6076 Phone: (08) 9293 8255 • Fax: (08) 9293 8138 E-mail: perth.observatory@dec.wa.gov.au Web site: http://www.perthobservatory.wa.gov.au

Approximate travel times from: Wanneroo 40 min Fremantle 30 min Kalamunda 35 min Airport 65 min

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MOONLIT NIGHTS when the Moon is one of the observing targets. See modern and historic telescopes. The major telescope domes surround the visitors' observing facility.Star Viewing Nights Perth Observatory is at the end of Walnut Road in Bickley. Duration approximately 90 minutes.The best detail on the lunar surface is seen around half-moon phase. Tour the extensive Observatory grounds and installations while learning about the history of astronomy in Perth. Occasionally.both the public sessions and our topof-the-range private viewing sessions. Enquire too about our Star Adoption Programme. meteorites. and $6 for children and pensioners. Prices are $8 full rate. and $16 for children and pensioners. about 25km east of Perth city. Star clusters and the brighter nebulae will also be visible. Photo taken by R. The fainter objects such as globular clusters and nebulae show up well against the darker background of a moonless sky. Prices are $25 full rate.30pm Guided Tour December 2010 S 7 Dark Sky Viewing Session January 2011 S 5 Moonlit Viewing Session February 2011 S 2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 October 2010 S 5 12 19 26 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 T W T 1 7 14 21 28 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 F 3 10 17 24 S 4 11 18 25 M T W T F 1 8 S 2 9 16 23 30 S 3 10 17 24 31 M 1 8 15 22 29 T W T 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 4 11 18 25 F 5 12 19 26 S 6 13 20 27 M 6 13 20 27 T W T 1 7 14 21 28 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 F 3 10 17 24 31 S 4 11 18 25 M 3 10 17 24 31 T W T 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 F 7 14 21 28 S 1 8 15 22 29 M T W T 1 8 15 22 2 9 16 23 3 10 17 24 F 4 11 18 25 S 5 12 19 26 S 6 13 20 27 14 21 28 12 19 26 14 15 21 28 22 29 STAR VIEWING 7:30PM STAR VIEWING 8:00PM STAR VIEWING 8:30PM STAR VIEWING 8:30PM STAR VIEWING 8:00PM March 2011 M 7 14 21 28 April 2011 S 6 13 20 27 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 May 2011 S 2 9 16 23 June 2011 S 7 14 21 28 July 2011 S 4 11 18 25 August 2011 S 2 9 16 23 30 T W T 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 F 4 11 18 25 S 5 12 19 26 M T W T F 1 8 15 22 29 S 3 10 17 24 M 2 9 16 23 30 T W T 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 F 6 13 20 27 S 1 8 15 22 29 M 6 13 20 27 T W T 1 7 14 21 28 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 F 3 10 17 24 S 5 12 19 26 M 4 11 18 25 T W T 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 F 1 8 15 22 29 S 3 10 17 24 31 M 1 8 15 22 29 T W T 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 F 5 12 19 26 S 6 13 20 27 S 7 14 21 28 30 STAR VIEWING 7:30PM STAR VIEWING 7:00PM STAR VIEWING: 7PM . Enjoy a pictorial history or celestial sky show in our lecture theatre. planispheres. other visitors can be included with such a group. puzzles and postcards. ACTIVITIES CALENDAR September 2010 M 6 13 20 27 10am Guided Tour November 2010 12. posters. Two kinds of viewing sessions are available: please phone 9293 8255 to make your booking. DARK SKY NIGHTS when there's no moon. Tonello DA YTIME Guided Tours The Observatory day tour programme caters for groups such as schools and service clubs. THE OBSERVATORY SHOP sells astronomy books.The big Lowell Telescope Building dominates (see picture opposite). We can issue GIFT VOUCHERS for these items and also for viewing sessions . Our public viewing area is open to the sky. Enquire by phoning 9293 8255. Browse in the halls and the display area and see superb astrophotographs and astronomical paintings. on a hilltop in state forest. almanacs. historic instruments and the famous Atlas Coelestis.