The observatory buildings...
THE MAIN DOMED OBSERVATORY:
The 3.2m (10 ft) motorised dome is located on the main observatory building. Stairs lead up and down to the telescope platform with entry and exit from the control room. A 500mm diameter concrete pier is sunk into the
ground 5 metres, with no part of the building touching it. The pier has a special adaptor plate that supports Meade Instruments type wedge, Paramount
(MX/ME), Astro-Physics telescope mount and others.
In March 2013 the Dome Observatory was renovated and now houses a Celestron C8 and Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount. The C8 is coupled to a Gstar-Ex2 Deep Sky Integrating monochrome video camera, which outputs a live video image of astronomical objects onto high resolution monitors producing fantastic views. It is possible to swap the camera and insert an eyepiece for a traditional view of celestial objects. The C8 is also equipped with a filter wheel for acquisition of Red, Green & Blue channels for photography purposes as well as low resolution spectroscopy.
THE MIDDLE REMOTE CONTROLLED OBSERVATORY:
Fully computerised sliding roof type observatory, measuring 7.08m long x 4.65m wide x 2.4m high.
In December 2007 it was was upgraded for remote internet use, using advanced roof motors, sensors and relay control
This observatory currently houses a Celstron C14 on an Astro Physics GTO-1200 mount and a newly renovated 8" f/7 newtonian telescope on a vintage "Samson" equitorial mount, a 10" Newtonian scope on an EQ6 mount, and dual solar telescopes (Calcium and Hydrogen Alpha wavelengths) on an EQ5 mount.
In 2013 the observatory was completely renovated and refitted with modernised control and computer systems.
THE WESTERN REMOTE CONTROLLED OBSERVATORY:
Fully computerised sliding roof type observatory, measuring 5.6m x 4.6m. Currently provided to Wheaton College (USA) and Andrew Mattingly of Sydney for a remote internet telescope project we call the "Wheaton Telescope".
Meade 10" LX-200 GPS telescope with SBIG STL-1001E CCD camera.
Celestron C6 Telescope
15cm (6") f/10 Celestron C6 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope mounted on a Skywatcher GOTO EQ5 mount. Used for planetary and lunar imaging. Imaging Source DBK21AU04.AS or G-Star Ex cameras, this telescope runs an F6.3 focal reducer to give a focal length of 1,500mm.