The Heights Observatory is a purpose built facility consisting of two buildings. The Papaelia Observatory is a traditional domed observatory housing a 14″ F10 Meade LX200 GPS ACF Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
The Ingham rooms are a flat top retractable roof observatory housing a superior quality 12.5″ Ritchey–Chrétien Cassegrain telescope from Optical Guidance Systems on a Losmandy HGM 200 mount. A small classroom is adjacent to the viewing area. The Observatory also uses a 16″ Meade Light-Bridge Dobsonian, a 10″ GSO Dobsonian, and 80mm Celestron NextSTAR GT GOTO scope, as well as binoculars, and a QHY8 cooled CCD camera and Canon 40D DSLR camera for astronomical imaging.
The voluntary STAR group meets approximately three times each term at the Observatory. This group is made up of school students, parents and interested members of the community.
A Public Viewing Night is held each month in association with the Astronomical Society of SA, generally on the Friday closest to the First Quarter Moon. Please see www.assa.org.au to confirm details of the night and to check for cancellations due to bad weather.