Star Gazing at its Best!
You are invited to share my passion observing the wonders of the night sky through powerful telescopes, participate in some astrophotography and learn some astronomy on the way at my private observatory.
View Coonabarabran pristine night sky through telescopes including our large 20 inch telescope with our astronomer Peter Starr. Yes that is his real name.
Peter has a Masters Degree in Astronomy and was a former Site Manager at Siding Spring Observatory. He has the knack of explaining astronomy in simple language and is happy to explain the most simple and complex question on the wonders of the universe.
Marcus Donnelly will be conducting the night shows at Warrumbungle Observatory on most nights.
View the planets, stars, comets, nebulae, and galaxies. We will show you 15 different objects in great clarity through our telescopes.
Bring your SLR camera (canon and nikon only) to take your own astrophotograph of a colourful nebula to take home. This is done in the final 15 minutes of the show.
Astrophotography available after the show for an extra hour at an additional cost of $50 per camera.
Astro Exclusive Hire the telescope exclusively for $80 per hour for astrophotography.
Night Show lasts for 90 minutes
Show is weather permitting.
Minimum numbers are required on some nights for show to go ahead.
Bookings are essential and can be made on our booking form.
Coonabarabran can be very cold on winter nights. The telescope viewing is outside in the open air. Viewing in the observatory is also open to the open air so it is important to bring very warm clothes.
Adult Entry $24
Child Entry (<17 yrs) $12
Family Entry (2 Adults 2 Children) $60
Seniors Card Holder Entry $22
Astrophotography during the night show: Free for 1 photo.
Copy of the Book Astronomy 2017 $27.95
Astrophotography Extra: $50 for 1 hour per camera after the final show.
Exclusive Telescope Hire : $80 per hour per person.
Prepayment is required to secure your booking.
A full refund is given if the show is cancelled or more than 24 hours notice given.
We are open every night subject to weather.
The night show goes for 90 minutes.
March: 8:15 pm*
Easter Long Weekend: 6:30pm, 8:15pm, 10:00pm
May - September: 7:00pm
October 4th - 31st 8:15pm*
*Daylight Saving Time
Times may vary if special objects can be seen at an earlier time and in holiday periods. The start time is confirmed on booking.
Later Times available on request
Follow these directions as Timor Rd will not be on your GPS
Your GPS may call Timor Rd Tooraweenah Rd or John Renshaw Parkway. Please dont use your car GPS to find us.
Directions from Coonabarabran:
We are exactly 9.0km from the only roundabout in Coonabarabran.
Turn into Dalgarno St heading west at the roundabout.
Take the 2nd right into Namoi St.
Take the 3rd left into Eden St and follow this road out of town for 8.4km. The road changes name to Timor Rd. We are on the left hand side.
You know when you have gone too far when you see the Warrumbungle Mountain Motel on the right which is 400m past us.
Directions from the Warrumbungle National Park:
Exit the Park heading towards Coonabarabran. When you pass the Siding Spring Observatory intersection, keep going 14 km. We are on the right 400m past the Warrumbungle Mountain Motel.
Objects for May 2017
We aim to show you at least a dozen of these objects through the telescopes. The fainter objects cant be seen when the Moon is right next to the object or if the moon is near full.
Planets Jupiter, (Saturn last week of May)
Moon 1st to the 13th . Full on the 10th 2017.
Stars Sirius, Antares, Arcturus.
Star Clusters Butterfly, Jewel Box, Ptolemy's, NGC 3532, NGC 3114, NGC 2516, M93
Asterisms False Cross, Southern Cross, Sickle
Globular clusters Omega Centauri,M4
Nebulae Tarantula Nebula, Eta Carina Nebula
Planetary Nebulae Ghost of Jupiter
Galaxies Sombrero Galaxy, Centaurus A Galaxy, LMC
Multiple stars Acrux, Alpha Centauri.
Constellations Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Corvus
Photography during the show: Eta carina Nebula.
May after the final show
We will fit as many objects as we can into the our. We choose from the following. If the Moon is nearby the object cant be photographed.
Tarantula Nebula, Eta Carina nebula, Omega Centauri, Sombrero Galaxy, Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, Moon, Ghost of Jupiter, Spindle Galaxy, Jupiter, Centaurus A, Saturn
Best dates the planets will be visible during the first night show.
2016 2017 2018
Saturn - May 2016 to Oct 2016 May - 2017 - Oct 2017 June 2018 - Nov 2018
Jupiter - Mar - Jul 2016 Mar - 2017 - Aug 2017 Apr 2018 - Sept 2018
Venus - Sept 2016 - Jan 2017 Jan 2017 May 2018 - Oct 2018
Mars - May 2016 - Nov 2016 Not Visible July 2018 - Aug 2019
Best view is May & June 2016 Best View Jul & Aug 2019
Mercury - Dec 1 - 21 2016 Mid Nov - Dec 5th 2017
Uranus - Oct 2016 - Feb 2017 Nov 2017 - Feb 2018 Nov 2018 - Feb 2019
Neptune - Aug 2016 - Jan 2017 Aug 2017 - Jan 2018 Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
Best dates for the astrophotography extra option utilising the the darkest skies (no Moon visible).
January 2017 - 1st to 4th, 17th to 31st
February 2017 - 1st to 2nd 17th to 28th
March 2017 - 1st to 3rd 18th to 31st
April 2017 - 1st to 2nd 17th - 30th
May 2017 - 16th to 30th
June 2017 - 15th to 28th
July 2017 - 14th to 27th
August 2017 - 12th to 25th
September 2017 - 10th - 24th
October 2017 - 8th - 27th
November 2017 - 7th - 25th
December 2017 - 7th - 24th
Comments by Visitors
Very informative, thorough, excellent visibility and equipment - one of the best astronomy viewings I have ever done, thanks!
It was a really great experience. Thanks Peter. We hope to visit again sometime soon. N thanks for the amazing photos via the telescope.
Insightful Night Aug 2015 - Peter is a wealth of information. We took our 6 year old out for the night and she had an absolute ball. She loved that she could see all the different stars up close and that she could see the rings of Saturn (we enjoyed it just as much as she did too). Brilliant night. Money well spent.
Stargazing at its best Feb 2015 - Find out about our amazing planet, check out our magnificent universe, discover how it is all done and even take up the opportunity to capture your own photos of the universe with a night visit. I was in awe of this place and I will be going back to tap into our galaxy.