Transparent Lab: Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory

Established in 2004 this is Queensland’s largest, self-funded Astro-Tourism business and bookings are essential. Their night shows include a registered green laser guided tour of the night skies, before viewing the Moon, planets and stars using one of three Meade LX200 GPS 14 inch telescopes on the observation deck which can seat up to 45 persons. One hour day shows in the 77 seat Star Theatre are generally held at 2 pm subject to a minimum booked number of six persons. On sunny days you can sit in comfort and watch, on a big theatre screen, an instant colour video image of the Sun projected from a colour Stellacam II video camera attached to a Coronado Solarmax 60 telescope outside. They also show you audio/visual clips of the Solar System and Universe. The observatory is also setup for schools and social groups. The facility also has an on-site camp kitchen available for hire to schools and community groups and gold coin operated hot showers. Located on a disused sports field in the heart of Maidenwell, the observatory is three hours drive NW of Brisbane and 40 minutes from Kingaroy and Nanango.

Address: Main Rd, Maidenwell Qld 4615
Hours: Spring/Summer: Night sessions start at 7:30pm; Autumn/Winter: Night sessions start at 7pm.
Cost: See website for shows and bookings.
Contact: Bookings by phone or email are essential for Day and Night sessions, phone (07) 4164 6194 or 0427 961 391

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