Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran

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Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia, part of the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU), incorporates the Anglo-Australian Telescope along with a collection of other telescopes owned by the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, and other institutions. The observatory is situated 1,165 metres (3,822 ft) above sea level in the Warrumbungle National Park on Mount Woorat, also known as Siding Spring Mountain. Siding Spring Observatory is owned by the Australian National University (ANU) and is part of the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories research school.

More than A$100 million worth of research equipment is located at the observatory. There are over 60 telescopes on site, though not all are operational.

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  • A must do when out this part of the world is to do a tour of the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring – note singular and not plural as we were taught on the great tour of this facility. We...  more »
  • You need to book a tour to gain entrance to the area as it, unfortunately, isn’t open to the general public at the moment. Led by the lovely Donna, who was very knowledgeable and informative. We had.....  more »
  • This was a good place to visit. The museum displays are great, and the videos are informative. The kiosk serves a good variety of food. The walk up to the observatory dome showed the vast countryside, but to also get close to the telescope was a great experience. It is well worth the visit here as you will not leave disappointed.
  • A very interesting peek into the research of the southern hemisphere night skies. It's a beautiful location even if you're not a science lover.
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