OBSERVATORY

 

The Wheatbelt is lucky to have dark skies which are ideal for stargazing. The Observatory takes advantage of this by hosting stargazing nights outdoors on their Julimar property. They will have you seeing stars.

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Urban living brings with it large amounts of artificial light which can cause ‘light pollution’. This is obscuring the view of many constellations for people living in urban areas; the Light Pollution World Map shows just how bright Perth is. Luckily the Wheatbelt still has dark skies which are ideal for stargazing.

This Observatory takes advantage of this by hosting outdoor stargazing nights outdoors on their Julimar property where you can go on a guided ‘tour’ of the galaxy with astronomers and night sky enthusiasts.

Although we can see many objects in space with the naked eye, they don’t appear in much detail. Because they are so far away they only take up a small area on our field of vision and make a small image on our retina. This is where telescopes can help!

Both refractor and reflector telescopes work on the same principle – they gather large amounts of light from a lens or mirror and then focus this onto a secondary lens or mirror, magnifying the image.

By closing one eye (or covering it with your hand) and looking through the eye piece with your other eye the image will take up your whole field of vision and make a larger image on your retina.

Here telescopes are provided for you to look for stars, planets, galaxies and more. You can also bring a picnic and explore the 6-acre property before the sun goes down. Bookings are essential. Take advantage of the Wheatbelt’s dark skies and see what you can discover!

Where to find it

163 Howard Road, Julimar, WA 6567 (17km from Toodyay)