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Telescope Evening

Telescope Evening

Investigate the cosmos with a night under the stars

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 the 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.

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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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School Testimonials


Hambledon Road Public School, Quakers Hill

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!

Workshop structure

Average workshop size – 21 students

  • We have 7 telescopes to work with during the workshop.
  • The length of the session normally runs for 1 hour.
  • The workshop is best run with students working in groups of three, with students taking turns on the 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.

Have more than 21 students?

If you have more than 21 students attending (eg. a school camp) we can cycle the students through as needed.

Another option is to pair the telescope evening with our free space science experiments, whereby teachers & parents could run rotating stations of activities whilst the students wait for their turn on the telescopes.

Does this need to be run at night?

Not always. Moonrise can happen throughout the day and in the past we have run this program during the day, whereby students learn about the telescopes, why the Moon is up and more. There is then the option of bird watching or even a scavenger hunt for things that we hide around the grounds.

What if this workshop runs at night?

If the program is run at night, we can look at constellations and discuss about our place in space. Time will be spent orienting the students to the Zodiac and to the south celestial pole.

  • 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!

What time should I run this?

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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)

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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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