The society's main telescope is a Meade LX90 20 cm (8-inch) Advanced Coma Free (ACF) GOTO Schmidt-Cassegrain instrument. Once it has been set up, it can quickly and easily be pointed to any object in the sky, enabling members to see several different objects in a single observing session. The telescope also has an optional "guided tour" facility, that automatically lists and goes to the best objects visible on any particular evening.
The society also uses a Vixen VMC200L catadioptric telescope for lunar and planetary viewing and a Televue refractor.
In addition, we own a SkyWatcher 10 cm GOTO telescope which can be loaned to members under specific terms. Please contact the Equipment Officer for more details.
Members are welcome to bring along their own telescopes to observing sessions.
We also have access to the Torquay Boys' Grammar School's Celestron C1400 EdgeHD, a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope (SCT). This high definition system is situated on an EQ8 mount with full GOTO facilities and can be used to capture wide field, astrograph quality images. When using the Observatory, a defined procedure must be obeyed. Please contact the Observatory Officer's for more details.
Patron Professor Chris Lintott outside the Observatory