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Telescope Evening

Investigate the cosmos with a night under the stars
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Your students become astronomers with this evening telescope workshop!

Students will discover:

  • How to find the south celestial pole
  • Constellations of the zodiac and how to identify them
  • The Milky Way and Magellanic clouds
  • Planetary orbits and ring features
  • Surface features of the moon
  • Learn about dynamic nature of astronomy

Working in pairs or threes, students use one of 7 telescopes to observe the night sky as well as have the opportunity to use a motor-driven telescope with GPS capabilities.

What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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A very BIG thank you to you and your team for the successful workshops you ran on Friday night. After a quick talk with the kids this morning they were still very much on a high about the night. I specifically asked them about the workshops and they thought they were all excellent. As one child put it, "I didn't know we were having professionals run the workshops, I thought it was just going to be the teachers!". I was concerned that by the third workshop they would be a bit flat but you all managed to keep them entertained right to the end. Well done!! I also appreciated your flexibility through out the planning stages and the evening. Thanks again for an astronomical night!

Hambledon Road Public School; Astronomy Night


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (ACSSU048).
  • The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078).
  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076).
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NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Content

A student:
  • describes how relationships between the sun and the Earth cause regular changes (ST2-9ES).
  • describes how discoveries by people from different cultures and times have contributed to advancing scientific understanding of the solar system (ST3-8ES).

    NSW K - 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Extra Information

  • The workshop is best run with students working in groups of three.
  • If you have more than 21 students attending (eg. a school camp) we can cycle the students through as needed.
  • Lunar cycles will affect your evening. Check that your night will have close to a full moon and that it 'rises' early.
  • Urban light pollution and clouds can affect viewing quality on the night.
  • Students should bring mosquito repellent, long pants and covered shoes as well as a torch with red cellophane covering the light (to preserve night vision).
  • Students need to be realistic as to what they will see, i.e the beautiful images you see in books are produced by multi-million dollar telescopes!
This engaging workshop is best offered in conjunction with a school camp, usually in conjunction with our Stars & Planets workshop however we can run this as a standalone workshop if needed.


  • Appropriate for Years 3 and up with a maximum of 21 students per class
  • Access to 1 electrical power socket would be handy
  • Duration is variable and organised with our office, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes
  • Parents should be encouraged to help supervise where possible
  • This experience is best in winter and is usually run as part of an overnight science camp
  • Before booking, check this Moonrise calculator to see the time at which the moon will be above the horizon (this is essential as much of the workshop focuses on the Moon)


  • Dependent on the length of the session, commencement time and your location
  • Before booking please consider the time & phase of moonrise
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    Please contact us to discuss how this workshop can visit your school.
For schools outside of metropolitan areas please contact us to discuss how this science workshop can visit your school as part of a regional science visit.

We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions on our science incursions please contact us.

Call 1300 856 828or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school.

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1300 856 828

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Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia
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