The Blue Mountains Observatory, apart from offering rental accommodation for visitors to the Blue Mountains, will also provide viewing of the night sky through our visual astronomical telescope. The astronomer will show highlights of objects that can be seen clearly at any particular time of the month. A brief explanation of what is visible and answering questions to the inquisitive visitors.
At an elevation of nearly 1,000 meters, BMO boasts pristine and transparent skies that closely resemble the conditions found in the Australian outback. During clear moonless nights and certain time of the year, you can see our Milky Way galaxy and the two satellite galaxies, the Magellanic clouds.
This is true even though the local township of Leura is only a 5 minutes drive away.
The tour is unique. There is no time limit for the tour. No waiting cues, no fixed format - a very personal experience offered by no other facility, entirely tailored to your group's interests and enjoyment!
This is not an observatory where you are with 40 other people for 2 hours and only see a few objects. Instead, we have structured our tours in such a way that there will be no rush during observing time and you will receive the maximum opportunity for everyone in your group to enjoy the experience. When the visual observing is complete, you will have the opportunity to remotely use the telescope to capture long exposure images of distant galaxy or other objects in the universe.