What we do
The Emerald Observatory is a privately funded research facility for the tracking and study of Space Debris to provide data for space situational awareness.
We are the Space Junk Farmers!
A Space Junk Farmer is a person who observes and catalogues orbital space debris. The observation is added to a global database that is used for space situational awareness which is shared by space agencies and industry globally. Space situational awareness facilitates the safe launch and orbital positioning of satellites and human space missions.
Research & Strategic Partnerships
The Emerald Observatory provides strategic partnerships in research opportunities for universities and industry.
We welcome proposals for strategic partnerships supporting Australian engagement in space
The Emerald Observatory offers courses in astronomy photography.
With our resident astronomer you get the most out of the night sky using our telescopes. These range from a research grade 42 cm apperture f6 goto SCT, to a 250mm f3.3 SCT to a 105mm f4 Refractor telescope. During the day we offer solar observation and photography with our goto EQ mounted Coronado SMT90BF30-DS and PST telescopes, observation and hands on equipment selection and training. Our site averages 70% of the year clear night sky.
The Emerald Observatory is located on a 2.3 acre property in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges of Victoria. The property also includes the Homestead Fernglade on Menzies which offers B&B luxury stay choices of Spa suites and family suites. Who ever said star gazing was roughing it? At the Emerald Observatory you can enjoy a nights viewing in our ScopeDome and then retire to your private suite, with log fire, quality linen and allergy free duck down duvet. Please note Fernglade on Menzies B&B pricing does NOT include our Astrophotography course fees. Please contact the EO directly for our course offerings and prices
During the day we offer solar photography and observation.
The observatory has a wide range of astronomy equipment. Including cooled astro ccd cameras, filter wheels and telescope sizes and types which are used in our astrophotography course. We also encourage you to bring your DSLR or iPhone and we can show you how to get those elusive images.
Depending on the level which the guest wishes to explore we offer introductions to various astronomy software and how to get the best from these. We get you started with SkySafari Pro then on to TheSkyX Pro and ASCOM
Our Astro photography course includes a daytime session on how best to photograph our nearest star the sun. learn how to capture the finger print of a star. Each star has a unique spectra. We are equipped for stellar spectroscopy allowing you to discover the very elements that make up our Sun and other stars. It is amazing what can be achieved with informed equipment selection. This image is of the 2006 solar eclipse taken by one of our staff using an entry level Canon IXUS digital camera through our Coronado PST.
Moon and the Planets
The planets and moon are classics. You can use our large 41.6cm observatory telescope or one of our smaller scopes to get great results. Shown here is the 'Super blue blood moon' on 1 February 2018 lunar eclipse. Image taken by Angus McMahon using a Canon EOS on the Emerald Observatory Meade 102mm f7, ED triplet APO refractor telescope on a goto EQ mount.