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The Astronomical Society of Tasmania and the University of Tasmania have a long history of close cooperation. Many Society members, over the years, have been (or still are) students at the University.


In July 1989, on the invitation of Dr. Bob Watson, the Society began using the facilities of the then Canopus Hill Observatory, in particular, the 16" telescope. The Society, with the support of the University ran very popular public astronomy nights at the Canopus Hill Observatory.


In 2015, the Society moved it’s telescopes to new purpose built facilities hosted by UTAS at their Mount Pleasant Radio Astronomy Observatory site near Cambridge. The first joint Society-UTAS Public Open Night at our new site was a huge success.


The relationship continues today. Many of the academic staff and students have presented interesting and highly informative talks at the Society’s monthly meetings.






The Astronomical Society of Tasmania and Dark Sky Tasmania are developing a mutual professional relationship driven by our common belief in the importance of the preservation of Tasmania’s unique and still largely pristine skies.


Dark Sky Tasmania aims to advocate and promote the protection of our night skies for present and future generations.

Their vision is for Tasmania to be a world leader in dark sky conservation and awareness.

Their mission is to preserve and protect Tasmania’s night-time environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.


Collaborative activities are planned through this partnership to engage our membership, the community and businesses across Tasmania in this important journey.