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Dark Sky Awakens Festival
The Star Wars based Fesitval of celebration
SIDING SPRING OBSERVATORYFor that heavenly outlook visit Siding Spring Observatory
For visitors a coffee shop and an exhibition of "Exploring the Universe" as well as a range of "hands on" exhibits and a video theatre are housed near the telescope building and open to the public each day 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Visitors are also able to view the operation of the main telescope from the Viewers Gallery. The trip to the site is worth it alone for the spectacular views of the Warrumbungles.
Eyepieces and heavy coats - the uniform of
traditional astronomers are no longer necessary for modern
Coordinates are punched into computers and the telescope finds
the position required for the evenings work, the image is then
centred and tracked by this modern technology; recording data
through the computer onto magnetic tape. Today the astronomer
sits in the comfort of an air conditioned control room waiting
for printouts to analyse the night's observations.
Skywatch ObservatorySkywatch Observatory is located 5 minutes from the centre of Coonabarabran
Milton Judd's Aboriginal Site Tours...for the privileged!Small groups at a time are taken on an escorted tour of a 1620 ha area containing many special aboriginal sites and examples of local Aboriginal cave art. Milton supplies a tasty lunch of pioneer style food and entertaining commentary - an experience not to be missed.
Bookings are essential. ph: (02) 6843 4466
Pilliga PotterySome of Australia’s best terra-cotta is produced at the Pilliga Pottery.
Ten years ago, Richard Rickert, a Master Potter, brought his family out of Germany and selected this secluded place in the Pilliga to set up the Pilliga Pottery. Today, five artisans produce a large variety of beautiful and popular pottery items, ranging from small ornaments to large outdoor utensils, something to suit everyone’s taste.
Visitors are always welcome at Richard and Maria's fairy tale place, which is open every day of the week.
To find this place, travel north for 20 km on the Newell highway and then follow the signs for a 10 km scenic drive through the Pilliga, which abounds with wildlife.
Telephone: (02) 6842 2239
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