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The Heights Observatory
The Heights Observatory is a purpose built facility consisting
of two buildings. The Papaelia Observatory is a domed shaped observatory
housing a 30 inch reflecting telescope. The Ingham rooms are a flat
top retractable roof observatory housing a 20 inch Meade reflecting
telescope. A small classroom is adjacent to the viewing area. The
Observatory also possesses a range of portable telescopes, binoculars
and a ST7 CCD camera. A universal H-a solar filter is used to view
A number of night groups meet weekly at the observatory. These
groups are made up of school students, parents and interested members
of the community. Each group explores a particular interest or theme,
such as CCD imaging, the planets, our solar system etc. Group members
are supervised by night supervisors who are adults with an interest
in astronomy and helping in the school community.
The Observatory Management Committee represents the interests and
provides the leadership of the observatory. Students fill all executive
positions and by meeting regularly, students develop leadership
skills and knowledge of meeting procedures.
Groups or individuals from outside the school are more than welcome
to visit the observatory.
Evenings are organised through the school and members of the night
groups will host visiting groups. A visit to the Observatory normally
includes viewing of astronomical objects through telescopes and
binoculars with a commentary provided by students and parents. Groups
with particular interests such as CCD imaging can also be catered
for. Enquiries can be directed to the school.
A presentation made at the World Conference for Gifted Education
is included with this information. It provides images of the observatory
and illustrates how the observatory is integrated into the curriculum.