Crago Observatory

Crago Observatory is the Astronomical Society of New South Wales’ (ASNSW) “local” dark sky observing site at Bowen Mountain, near North Richmond, about an hour’s drive North-West of Sydney.

Set on 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of Crown Land surrounded by National Park, Crago Observatory provides ASNSW members with a surprisingly dark sky observing site, only a short distance from Sydney.

Crago Observatory consists of a large rotating dome housing a high class 16” ƒ/7 Dobsonian Telescope, fitted with Argo Navis and ServoCAT as well as a wide range of eyepieces and star charts available for use with the telescope.

The ground floor of the observatory contains basic cooking facilities and limited seating.

Around the base of the observatory, a large cleared area provides ample space for members and visitors to set up their own telescopes.

Below is a 7 vertical panel panorama I took a few weeks ago during my visit to the observatory. The Milky Way was high in the sky.

 

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