Astronomical Society of South Australia - ASSA

 

Raising community participation and awareness in astronomy

 

The Heights Observatory

The Heights Observatory is a joint facility operated with 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.

Telescopes

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 large portable 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope, a 10-inch Dobsonian and a variety of other visual and imaging equipment.

Public Viewing Nights

The Society holds public viewing nights at The Heights Observatoryonce a month. 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 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 is suitable. If in doubt, confirm by visiting our web site or calling (08) 8338 1231 before travelling to any observing  session.
  

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.

 

Private Bookings

The Heights Observatory may be booked for private viewings by community groups, e.g. Rotary Clubs, Scouts, staff clubs, other schools or even couples wanting to see the star that they've just named after someone special.

Photographers can also hire the facility to capture telescopic views of the Moon or other celestial objects with assistance from Observatory members.

To arrange a booking, please contact The Heights School on 8263 6244.