Welcome to the Star Light Observatory
Picture books are fine and videos are cool but nothing beats looking at the stars with your own eyes.
Star Light Observer is Star Light Observing
Telescope - LX200
Image - NGC3115
Star clusters
Image - NGC5139
Earth's Moon
Image - Earths Moon
Image - Al nil am in Orion
LX200 8" Classic 1994 Viintage
from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Earth, Sol, Milkyway, local group :-)
(Also shown on UHF TV - Amateur Television Melbourne - below SBS see: vk3 khb site for details. )

Ever wanted to look at the stars to see what is there to see?
The Star Light Observatory uses a portable computerise 200 mm optical telescope to
show the wonders of the night sky, the mountains on the moon or the dark spots on the sun.
Specific objects may only be visible at the certain times and in some cases the from certain sites,
which also depend upon weather and light pollution conditions.
Star Light Observing
To make a booking contact me:
gak @ gak . net . au
Since 1969 the Star Light Observatory's principle observer has been an amateur astronomer.
The main telescope:
A 1994 (classic) Meade F10 200mm Schmidt-Cassegrain LX-200.
Computerised optical telescope with interfaces for a digital camera and remote computer control. Operating under version 3.34 firmware, (epoch 2000.0)

The main camera is a 1997 SBIG digital ST-7 with CFW-8. A dual CCD camera, 768x510 pixels in a 9x9 micron per pixel array image CCD & 165x192 pixels tracking CCD. Colour images through RBG filters & operating with CCDOPS V3.80 & V5.01 software for image capture.

Modified video CCD cameras are also used to take spectacular images of the southern hemisphere's night sky, moon and sun. Viewing can be done via eye pieces or in a warm room via computer screen or television. These images can also be transmitted across the Melbourne metro area via the free to air Amatuer TV service.

Gary Kennedy
1997 image
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My equipment
My images
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Amateur Astronomer Televison Station
You can listen to the Australia wide VK3EKH astronomy net ~10pm most fridays.

Occasionally I'm involved with field trips with the Institute of Photographic Technology (IPT) as well as attend Astronomical Society of Victoria star parties held at Heathcote.

The Astronomical Society of Victoria and other Astronomical Societies offer the public viewing sessions during specific times of the year and at specific venues. Check newspapers, local papers or their respective web sites. These are usually patronised by 10's to 100's of people and demonstrate the wide variety of telescopes and astronomers alike. These are great venues to visit if you are interested but not sure if astronomy is for you.

The service is operated as a hobby and can draw on other amateur astronomers should the need arise.
Updated November 2018