See spectacular, award-winning photographs of the night sky from the last 24 months as judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. This competition encourages photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky.
A free exhibition open to all, images on display include an extensive view of the Eta Carinae nebula, revealing red hydrogen gas and dark, obscuring clouds. Other photographs reveal shimmering auroral patterns, a Moonrise over Cape Byron lighthouse and a glowing green comet snapped from our Sydney sky.
The Central West Astronomical Society organise the David Malin Awards as part of their annual AstroFest held at Parkes, NSW. The support of CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility is acknowledged, along with that of printing partner SUNSTUDIOS. There are eight award categories plus an Australasian Sky Guide Cover Award from the Powerhouse Museum.
Now open, free of charge
- The Observatory building and gardens are open. Scan our QR code at the main entry near at the gates between 10am-4.30pm
- Visitors wishing to pre-book their visit can do so here:
- Night and day tours are suspended in accordance with NSW Health guidelines
- To help plan your visit, please find information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe. Visitors are required to provide their name and contact details on arrival to support contact tracing in line with NSW Health rules and our COVID-Safe plan.
- If you wish to bring a group, or have any accessibility questions about your visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9217 0222.