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UPDATE (August 2009): Unfortunately, the Talbot Observatory will be closed until further notice, as Robert Holmes is currently interstate. However,  you can still see a close-up of the night sky at the Ballarat Astronomical Society Observatory, approximately 1 hours drive from Talbot. They are open Friday and Saturday evenings - for more information, click here.  

Talbot is home to Victoria's only private astronomical observatory which is open to the public.  Completed in 2002, it was designed and built by Robert Holmes who has been actively involved in astronomy for 38 years.  Robert will be your guide to the night sky, as you've never seen it before!  

During your visit you will see the Moon close up, with its mountains, craters and valleys. You will see Mars and its ice caps, giant Jupiter and its family of moons, and the lovely Saturn and its ring system. A sky tour by laser pointer will take you into deep space to learn about the stars in our Milky Way and beyond, and you will find out about the big bang, quasars, neutron stars and black holes.  

The observatory is at 9 Camp Street in Talbot and is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings year-round once dark (Winter 7pm, Summer 9pm), as well as extra nights on school holidays.  Booking is not normally required; but if travelling from far away please ring first (03 5463 2029) to check on cloud cover.  

Admission fees 
Adult $8, Aged or disability pensioner $6 
Child (8-13 years) $4, Under 8's go free 
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) $20  

NOTE: Please wear warm clothes to visit the observatory; it can get very cold inside even after a hot day. 

This page was last updated on 10 November 2009

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