Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran

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  • Scenic drive from Coonabarabran is lovely, the view from the top is awesome. Watched repairs being done on one of the mirrors inside the telescope. One of the scientists took time out to explain what ...  more »
  • Large complex, however much of it is closed to the public. You are able to go into the main telescope building and view it's internal structure albeit from behind a glass screen. The sheer size of the...  more »
  • An opportunity to see a significant telescope, wander through an impressive visitor centre full of amazing photographs, interesting stories and models, with some cute artwork (sculptures of birds, and...  more »
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  • Great views from beside the observatory. There's a bit of a blurb inside the actual observatory about the telescope and the fires that went through in 2013. You can also see the telescope, though you can't view through it. There's a discovery centre type of thing and a coffee shop. The discovery centre costs $5.50 for adults to go through.
  • Great place to see surrounding views. The site and visitors centre is not like it once was. The visitors centre is dated, and offers far less. The surrounding grounds are not as looked after and inviting. Otherwise a great place to visit. And a must see.
  • Very cool if you're an astronomy or science buff you'll get a real kick out of a visit here. The display is a bit more targeted towards kids but still some interesting things in there for adults. Make sure you go up the hill and visit the actual telescope, it's pretty amazing and well worth the walk. The scale solar system on the drive here is also worth stopping at along the way
  • Some nice views. But everything inside can be found on google. No real interaction or information on present activity.
  • Awesome experience. I will never forget that magnificent view from the top of the hill and the delicious coffee of the observatory cafe. You can also measure your weight in every planet of our solar system.

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