Sirius Observatories Australia Pty Ltd recently celebrated 28 years since they commenced operation in 1986. From very humble beginnings, and with no other large observatory manufacturer in Australia to glean knowledge from, the two directors/owners – (John Hay and Joe Deregt) – proudly entered their 28th year of producing world-class observatories.
We pride ourselves on utilising as many local products and suppliers as we can in sourcing the materials we need to manufacture our product, which helps keep our local economy flowing, which in turn helps us continue to manufacture our products at the best possible price for all of our customers world-wide.
Sirius Observatories Australia has learned that judi bola success and innovation comes from overcoming difficulties as a team and with Joe at the helm, we believe that nothing can stand in our way of eventually becoming the number one manufacturer of fiberglass observatories in the world.
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“It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other. Plato
So, just how did Sirius Observatories Australia start? Well, if you were a pair of very experienced fiberglass boat builders with a business exporting trailer sailer boats, and you noticed there was a looming downturn in this export market, what would you do? Given this scenario, John Hay and Joe Deregt decided to turn their fiberglassing skills of more that 20 years into the development and manufacture of fiberglass observatories for astronomers.
With the help of some friends, one of whom had purchased a boat from them and who also happened to be an avid astronomer (John Shobbrook), the boys sat around one Friday afternoon after work, set up a drawing board (which just happened to be a XXXX beer carton) and started designing. The end result was the establishment of Sirius Observatories Australia. The first observatory was shipped in 1986 and to date, more than 850 observatories have been sold in more than 25 countries around the world – from Tibet to Taiwan, Russia to Romania, Canada to the Canary Islands, USA to the UAE (Dubai) and from Australia to Estonia.
Now we’re aiming for a Sirius Observatory to be in every corner of the world. Our observatories are set up in suburban backyards as well as in the middle of the Utah desert (which is used to track missions to Mars), to the Aeronautical & Space Museum in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. There are probably about half a million amateur astronomers in the world, and of that number, about 100,000 are doing casual research, so the opportunity for a Sirius observatory to be in every corner of the world is a real possibility. What happened to those quiet old days when we worked on our boats? Wouldn’t change it for anything and to all of our customers, judi online wish you all “clear skies”.
Astronomy is a rare topic to be made into a subject of a hobby. And it is, for a fact, a costly hobby. You would argue that you would only need a simple telescope to be able to enjoy gazing at celestial bodies but in order that you can observe those objects in the sky, you need something stronger: an observatory. Let’s say that using a conventional telescope will get you to the moon whereas with high-power telescope, you can perhaps enjoy looking at the stars beyond. But unfortunately, there are not many observatories in this world and every observatory there is out there is reserved only for scientific purposes. You might not be in the position to travel the world and visit each and every state-of-the-art observatory dome. Time might be of great constraint here. Plus, even if you make it to get to one, there could be other factors that render the plan useless anyway. The weather might get in the way the moment you get to the observatory. This leaves you with no choice but to build an observatory dome that you can access anytime you want. Now before you frown upon the idea, just think about it. You own the spot. You build it on your own. The door is open for you 24/7 so when everything is right, you can just run in there and direct the telescope upward. And gamblers of agen Sbobet like to have DIY observatory.
Of course, you should have had an adequate telescope for the dome to work. Make sure you have the budget to afford one because, as mentioned above, astronomy is not a cheap hobby. If your budget can only afford a telescope of so-so quality, you might as well cancel the plan altogether because not only would you be disappointed of the results, you would have lost tons of money in the process. So, make sure that you invest in the best device. As for the case of location, it all comes back to the telescope you own. Its size kind of determines the size of the observatory itself. You need a sizeable space that can accommodate the telescope, the computers (if using), and more rooms to wiggle. You can build your observatory at your backyard but make sure first that the spot is the right location. You will be starting the project with building a foundation with concrete so once it is set, there is no chance of moving it— that is, not without more time and money.
Construct the floor using wood planks and add more of them so the resulting floor appears higher above the ground. For the walls, and other components, you can order a garden shed, which is a lot more affordable. As for the dome, there are places out there that sell kits to construct this part of the observatory building. Or, you can Google a place to order a pre-built dome to install to your shed. Install enough power outlets to supply your homemade observatory and don’t forget to fit it with a CCTV too to prevent theft or vandalism.
As a fan of astronomy, you might have guessed the most irritating thing that renders you unable to enjoy your alone time with the stars in heaven: light pollution. The overabundance of light sources in the city makes it hard for even the most hardcore astronomy fan to observe what the sky has to offer them. If you simply wish to look at the moon, this might be too great of a deal given the close proximity of our natural satellite. (Still, observing the moon amidst blinding advertisement billboards is not suggested). But if you wish to unveil the mysteries beyond our friendly celestial brother, you would have to go somewhere that does not have as much obstruction. The simplest thing to do is to go as far away from the city as possible. Rural area might not be suitable today given just how advanced the life in such spot with access to electricity. The jungle might pop up in your mind but all those trees will get in the way. If money is of no concern, then you should go to Australia. Granted, the southern continent is one of the most advanced countries of the world but one thing should be of note about Australia, though.
Most urban settlements in Australia tend to be built across the shoreline with suburban and rural areas framing them rather inward of the continent. To the center of the continent, Australia is practically devoid of all kinds of settlement. And where there is lack of settlements, there is lack of electricity. This makes Australia one of the rarest places in the world that is blessed with the lowest light pollution—in terms of astronomical purposes, at least. In the absence of artificial light, other than perhaps your flashlight (which you would definitely switch off during your observation, of course), the sky opens up to you.
So, if you’re set to go to Australia, let’s see where in the continent you should head to.
Coonabarabran, New South Wales
With night skies that are clear and pristine, Coonabarabran earns the nickname of Australia’s astronomy capital. The Siding Spring Observatory is located some 27 kilometer away from the town. Built by the Australian National University, the observatory is home to the biggest optical telescope in the country. Many lovers like to visit this place.
Located also in New South Wales, the Dish is a nickname granted to the Parkes Observatory. The comedy film The Dish was based on this observatory, in which it is said to have been involved in Apollo 11 moon landing.
Perth Observatory is the oldest in Australia. The observatory is 25 kilometer away from Perth.
At 15 meter below sea level, the lake is Australia’s lowest point. Its position puts the saltwater lake at one of the darkest spots in Australia, making it a perfect location for unobstructed sky-gazing.
The island is basically a wildlife reserve off the coast of South Australia. It is not too far from Adelaide but it is cut off of the city’s light pollution.
At Uluru, the only light source during nighttime is practically the one from the sky and the moon. The pristine sky is coupled with the area’s breathtaking beauty.
The Astronomical Society of New South Wales owns Wiruna and gamblers who like playing judi online like to visit this spot. The society builds observatory facilities in this area not only for Australian astronomers but also international.
To some of us, the laymen, determining the best observatory in the world is something pointless. They all look the same: big, clunky, high-techy, and bearing this otherworldly aura. Oh, and they have another thing in common: most of the observatories are located so far away from civilization in attempt to get the clearest, most pristine look at the sky. However, there is a twist to these observatories. Perhaps due to their location (being on top of a mountain or anywhere else that has no human peppered around the area), they often become part of tourist attractions. You may not be too crazy about peeking through a telescope but, hey, at least you have the beauty of the earth to marvel. So let’s see the best observatories in the world that also make for the best tourist sightseeing.
Mauna Kea Observatory
This observatory is named after the volcano it sits on top of. But don’t be alarmed, the volcano is dormant otherwise the science-dudes wouldn’t build it there. The tip of the volcano is Hawaii’s highest point, serving as the best spot on the island for the star-lovers to look up to the sky. Apart from research purposes, the observatory is close for public. However, 9,200 meter up the mountain, there is a stargazing facility for visitors where you can look at the stars for free from 6pm to 10pm. The program would begin with a short video explaining the mountain’s importance in astronomy and then the staff would set up the telescopes for visitors to use to their heart’s content. The Imiloa Astronomy Center, on the other hand, offers you a chance to get into a planetarium. Many bettors of the agen Sbobet come here for observatory.
Very Large Array
Now the name is not majestic by any means. It is an array of very large telescopes, hence the name. But do not let the name deceives you. If you have watched the movie Contact, it is these observatories that featured in the sci-fi flick. The facility is located at 6,970 feet above sea level in San Agustin Plains, New Mexico and is an integral part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The facility consists of 27 antennae monitors, all at the ready to watch the sky. It is also open for public from 8:30am to sunset. Self-guided walking tour is provided to take in this observatory. Guided tour, on the other hand, is available for the first Saturday of every month and lasts for about 45 minutes.
The Royal Observatory at Greenwich, London is worthy of inclusion for many reasons. It is the location of the Prime Meridian, an imaginary line that halves the earth into two hemispheres. The line is also the basis to count the global time zones, lending the name to Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT; or UT/Universal Time today). Granted, all astronomical works have all but ceased in the facility but it continues on standing as a museum of astronomy.
The Paranal Observatory
This observatory is situated at 8,000 feet above sea level in Atacama Desert of Chile with a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. The site is composed of four units of telescopes that work to produce the sharpest images of the universe. Weekend visits are open for public, providing free guided tours. As this place is interesting, gamblers of the agen bola terpercaya like to visit this place.