The Heights Observatory

General Information

The Heights Observatory is the Northern Metro observing site where ASSA holds public viewing/stargazing nights. The observatory is owned and operated by The Heights School. The facility is located in metropolitan Adelaide, approximately 15km north-east of the city and is used primarily by school students to gain hands-on experience with their Astronomy studies and to show the public the night sky. 


Please note: The Heights Observatory is currently offline and not operational.


The Heights Observatory consists of two observatory buildings. 

  • The Papaelia Observatory is a traditional domed observatory housing a 14-inch f/10 Meade LX200 GPS ACF Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
  • The Ingham Family Rooms is a roll-off roof building that doubles as a classroom for students studying astronomy. It contains a superior quality 12.5" Ritchey-Chrétien Cassegrain telescope from Optical Guidance Systems on a Losmandy HGM 200 mount. 

In addition to the permanent observatory buildings, The Heights Observatory also has a 10-inch Dobsonian, a 40mm PST and 60mm Meade Corona solar scope, binoculars and a variety of other visual and imaging equipment.

Public Viewing/Stargazing Nights 

The Society holds public viewing nights at The Heights Observatory during the summer months. There is no need to book - just turn up on the night at the advertised starting time (8:00pm, or 8:30pm during daylight savings). 

The dates for upcoming Star Parties are:


There are currently no scheduled upcoming events.


The following admission fees are charged at public viewing nights: 

Adults: $10
Children under 15:  $3
Members: Free*

* Members should ensure they are wearing their name badge so that they are not charged for admission. 

Viewing nights will only proceed if the weather and the ground conditions are suitable. Always confirm by visiting our web site or Facebook page before travelling to any observing session. If the event does not proceed, a cancellation message will be posted after 6pm on the night. 

Getting to The Heights Observatory 

The Heights Observatory is located in the grounds of The Heights School at Modbury Heights. Enter via the driveway on Augustus Street and park adjacent to the oval.