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 drive north of Perth. The founding Astronomer was Mr David Nicolson.
The business is now operated by Bella Wunderlin (aka "Quasar") and Hans Wunderlin (aka "Hans Solo")! On the 3rd of Febuary 2012 , the opportunity to buy Gingin Observatory came up . We are following the foot steps of those who previously owned the Observatory who has taught us so much about this great business and with a love of astronomy in their back pockets, they took this special chance to take on a new business with lots of potential.
At Gingin Observatory visitors experience the wonders of space by viewing through telescopes, engaging with astronomers and by interacting during a big screen presentation that highlights our Universe.
The building is split into two areas. The space observatory (with a fully retractable roof) houses 5 large telescopes, including the largest in Australia for public access, and 6 pairs of high magnification binoculars. The other half of the building is a theatre room that also contains a reception and shop.
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 dome. 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 the Universe soon!