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.
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.
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.
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