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North West , Launceston and North East Tasmania

The Northern Chapter of the Society draws in Members from the Top end of Tasmania.

Members and non-member are welcome from all overthe state as well as visitors from interstate.

Viewing nights are currently being conducted approximately monthly alternating between Merv Milward's

York Creek Observatory at Georgetown and Richard Nale's Property at Legerwood.

As a group, we alsogather on the 1st Tuesday each month at Bruce Nye's Observatory at Riverside for Astronomy discussion nights.

See the Website Events tab for more details. 

Generally, all Members of the Public and all ages are welcome to attend  viewing and discussion nights with regular attendees being encouraged to become Society Members.

We encourage all ranges of equipment and abilities from naked eye observation and binoculars, observation with Newtonian, refractor and Cassegrain-type telescopes and astrophotography of planetary and deep sky objects using mechanical mounts.


Geoff Blackman  0438 390 681 

Bruce Nye           0437 741 202

Merv Milward      0418 343 519

Katrina Edmunds 0417 911 714

Richard Nale        0414 457 234




Hobart Observatory


The Society's observatory is located within the University of Tasmania’s Radio Observatory site at Mt. Pleasant between Cambridge and Richmond.


The Society’s purpose-built observatories and observing grounds are equipped with nine telescopes: 

  • 12.5" Obsession Dobsonian reflector
  • 12” Meade LX 200 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
  • 10” Meade LX55 Maksutof Newtonian on a Dobsonian mount
  • 14” Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
  • 9.25" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
  • 5” Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
  • 3.5" refractor
  • 2 Coronado solar telescopes (40mm and 60mm)