4th October 2014 - Coonabarabran and Siding Spring Observatory
NSWRA was invited by the Siding Spring Observatory to participate in their
open day. We had a small stand set up on the front lawn
so were able to talk
to the public about the rockets on display and rocketry in general. It was
also a great opportunity to look
at some of the amazing hardware at the
observatory. A big thank you to Peter Small, Peter Verwayen and Sarah
from the observatory
for the invitation and accommodating our stand on the day.
Driving to Siding Spring Observatory from Coonabarabran.
NSWRA Stand at Siding Spring Observatory
There were a number of telescopes set up to view the sun.
The telescope is massive. Note the ladder near the secondary mirror
This robot places tiny magnets with fibre optic cables onto the star field
captured by the main mirror.
The light from each star can then be individually analysed by a
I wonder if the harpist plays all night for the astronomers?
View from the telescope dome walkway.
Image 11. (Photo: Ben Nicholson)
Demonstration flight on 1/2A.
Volcanic rock formation near Coonabarabran.
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