School and scout groups

School and scout groups

The Association for Astronomy at Macquarie University offers a weekly Friday night telescope viewing at our astronomical observatory. Observatory sessions run every Friday night from March to November inclusive (excluding public holidays). Sessions run from 8:00-9:30 pm during daylight savings, and 7:00-8:30 pm during the rest of the year. These sessions are open to the general public as well as School and Scout groups. Any School/Scout groups that wish to visit us for one of our public Friday night observatory sessions can book observatory tickets online here, where more information is also available.

We are also now running planetarium sessions on the first Thursday of every month, from 6:00-7:00 pm. Sessions seat up to 50 people (10-20 chairs provided). These sessions are open to the general public as well as School/Scout groups. Any School/Scout groups that wish to visit us for one of our public planetarium sessions can book planetarium tickets online here, where more information is also available.

Private Sessions for Schools/Scouts

School/Scout groups are also able to book private observatory and planetarium sessions for weeknights other than a Friday night. For this, we offer concession rates for Schools/Scouts as well as reduced/free admission for Scout leaders. We are able to tailor events so Scouts of all levels and ages can learn what they need for their astronomy and space badges.

Any School/Scout group that wishes to book a private session for a weeknight other than a Friday night, can email starinfo@mq.edu.au to arrange a date and further details. The price list for privately booked School/Scout sessions can be seen below – extra adults are able to purchase tickets at $10.00 per adult.

Observatory – 1.5 hour session

Group SizeNo. Free Scout LeadersPrice
< 20 Children2$160.00
20-25 Children2$210.00
26-34 Children3$225.00
35-40 Children4$250.00

Planetarium – 1 hour session

Group SizeNo. Free Scout LeadersPrice
< 20 Children2$160.00
20-25 Children2$200.00
26-34 Children3$220.00
35-40 Children4$235.00

Combined Observatory Session + Planetarium Session – 2.5 hours

Group SizeNo. Free Scout LeadersPrice
< 20 Children2$280.00
20-25 Children2$380.00
26-34 Children3$400.00
35-40 Children4$450.00
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