A Wonderful Spring Night – At The Baker and Jelbart Telescope


Saturday 17th November 2018

Come and join us to celebrate……

The Observatory celebrates the 130th Anniversary of the Baker Telescope, 100th Anniversary of the Jelbart Telescope and the 60th Anniversary of the Ballaarat Astronomical Society,  a Wonderful Spring Night  at The Baker and Jelbart Telescopes.

6.00pm “An Astronomical Journey” – Judith Bailey will speak about the history of the Observatory and Ballaarat Astronomical Society.

6.40pm ‘Observing Down Under – a brief history of Australian Observatories’ – Dr Nick Lomb

After obtaining a PhD in astronomy from the University of Sydney, Nick joined Sydney Observatory as a research astronomer. A few years later when the Observatory came under the auspices of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, he was appointed as Curator of Astronomy.  Nick left the Observatory in 2009, after 30 years there, to move to Melbourne. He now researches the history of Australian astronomy as well as continuing to prepare the annual Australasian Sky Guide.

7.20pm Roving Dinner outside.

8.30pm Viewing at the Baker and Jelbart Telescopes if fine. Viewing will also be available at the Federation -Adcock Telescope which is suitable for wheelchair access if required.


Cost for the Dinner is $46 Adults,  $17.50 Students under 12 years.

A Limited number of Boxed Specially Engraved Glasses will be on sale for the event, cost $18 each. Wine Glass engraving

An Earlybird discount of 10% applies until 27th October Midnight, Code: Earlybird.


DRESS:  Starry Evening Wear, suitable to climb our new observing staircase platform if you want to look through the Baker Telescope.

If you would like to support the Museum, additional Donations of over $2 are Tax  Deductible, as well we have Non Tax Deductible donations both can be made here: Click to Donate – With our Thanks.

Numbers are limited.