Update: the observatory in Rotary Park has now closed, and a new Port Macquarie Astronomy Science Centre will open 2024. In the interim, society open nights will be held on Friday evenings at the CWA, 11 Horton Street.

An evening with the Port Macquarie Astronomical Association begins with talk about the objects in the night sky with spectacular images from much larger telescopes and space probes. Weather permitting, the sessions end with visitors being able to look through a telescope at the Moon, planets, nebula and other objects in the sky that night.

Open night presentations and observing from 7.00 pm on Fridays, and Sundays in school holidays.

Each session can accommodate up to 60 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings are not available.

Admission fees apply.

The society’s original observatory was founded in 1961 and the dome housed a 5″ refractor telescope.