Latest Updates on Observatory Sessions
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Our Observatory is situated at the following geographical coordinates: 1.3342 deg N latitude, 103.7357 deg E longtitude, 15.27 m Height (m.s.l)
Our Observatory is one of the few in the world that is located next to the Equator. This unique position opens up more vistas in the sky and allows us to view constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres.
Our Observatory is also endowed with a range of sophisticated facilities as well as a classroom for astronomy lessons, slide shows and public talks to enhance your stargazing experience:
- The main telescope is a 40-cm Cassegrain reflector of combined focal length 520-cm.
- Its sub-telescope is a 15-cm apochromatic Kepler refractor of focal length 180-cm.
- The equatorial mount for the telescopes was designed with an accompanying English yoke to provide the necessary stability for the drive and tracking mechanisms.
- The 5.5-metre stainless steel dome can be made to swivel in any direction and its shutter can be made to slide open to focus the telescope on interesting objects in the sky.
Other stargazing instruments include some portable telescopes and a smaller observation dome that houses our second largest telescope - an 11" telescope coupled with a 7" telescope. Both telescopes are Cassegrain reflectors.
*Due to limited capacity at the main telescope, visitors will need a Q card to view it. Q cards will be given from 7.30pm onwards at the registration counter, while stocks last.
New! Share your passion for astronomy with others
Science Centre Observatory is inviting you to share with our visitors on any topics related to astronomy! We offer our classroom for your use every 4th Friday of the month starting from Jan 2016!
Simply fill up the form here and give us a 50 - 100 words synopsis of your topic and we will publicise on your behalf!
*We will contact you within 3 working days upon signing up. Content for your talk needs to be submitted to us for review at least 1 week in advance.
Astronomy programmes for booking
If you would like to book the Observatory for a private event (20 - 80 persons), we offer the following packages for you to choose from. Each talk or planetarium show will be followed by a guided stargazing session (if weather permits). Each talk or show runs for 30 minutes.
|Time||Programme A||Programme B||Programme C (at your desired venue)|
|7.30pm||Astronomy 101 talk||Digital Planetarium show||Introduction to stargazing in Singapore|
|8.00pm||Guided stargazing||Guided stargazing||Guided stargazing|
|9.30pm||Programme ends||Programme ends||Programme ends|
The programmes above are meant for groups of 20 to 80 persons. Please write to us to ask for a quote if you wish to book a programme. List of talks and digital planetarium shows may be available upon request.
To book, please download the booking form here and fax the completed form to 6561 6361. You may contact Ms Lim Su Ru at Lim_Su_Ru@science.edu.sg for enquiries.
* Astronomy programmes are not available for bookings on public holidays.
** Smaller groups may consider joining our public stargazing sessions on every Friday, 7.45pm to 10pm, except on public holidays.
Click here to access the FAQ page on Stargazing.
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