Sadly due to Health and Safety concerns, the Observatory has closed. The Southland Astronomical Society is currently investigating options regarding future public opening opportunities. The following information is left for historical purposes.

The society operates the observatory and telescope located on the western side of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Public viewing nights are each Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm (weather depending), from April to September while daylight savings time is NOT in effect. Weather permitting, visitors may be afforded views of the moon, planets, star clusters and brighter nebulae. A slideshow presentation is available for when the weather doesn't cooperate.

The telescope is a Celestron C8, mounted on a Losmandy G11 mount which can be controlled either by a handpiece, or by a computer.