The Gingin Observatory was opened as a public observatory in October 2001 and has always been operated as a private business, co-located with the Gravity Discovery Centre, an hour's drive north of Perth.
On the 3rd of Febuary 2012 , the opportunity to buy Gingin Observatory came up and now Hans Wunderlin ('aka' Hans Solo) and Bella Wunderlin (' aka' Quasar ) took this special chance to take on a new buisness with lots of potential.
We are now following the foot steps of those who previously owned the Observatory who had taught us so much about this business and with a love of astronomy in our back pockets..
Our building is split into two areas:
1. Theatre room - contains a huge screen and reception area and space shop.
- Here in the theatre you experience about the wonders of space when you arrive you get to engage with our astronomers by interacting during a big screen presentation that hightlights our Universe.
2. The Space observatory- ( with a fully retractable roof) which houses 5 telescopes. One telescope which is donated by Broadie Hall 25" mirror..We have also three pairs of high magnification binoculars.
- Out in our Observatory you get to learn even more - a tour of the night sky by one of our astronomers and learn even more about what is actually out there in our Universe and then you get to view through our telescopes at planets like Saturn , Mars, Jupiter and Moons, our Moon also is spectacular and yes there is more to see like nebulars, globular clusters, or you can just sit and relax and LOOK UP into the night sky and watch the ISS travel overhead or watch a shooting star ...
In addition to these facilities, the new $1M science grade Zadko Telescope, committed to Gamma Ray Burst research, is situated next door to the observatory in its own dedicated facilities. It is the largest telescope for public access in the Southern Hemisphere and is integrated into stargazing nights at Gingin Observatory.
One hour away from bright city lights means dark night skies for wondrous views of stars, planets, galaxies and more. It’s fun for the whole family.
Both Quasar and Hans Solo look forward to welcoming you to their Universe soon!