Linden Observatory

History under the stars

Welcome to Linden Observatory

Please note: The Observatory is NOT open for this weekends Lunar Eclipse. Please DO NOT try to visit at this time. Thank you.

Linden Observatory sits atop a rocky plateau in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia. Established in the 1940's by renowned amateur telescope maker Ken Beames, the observatory is a dark sky haven for amateur astronomers seeking refuge from the city lights.

The site comprises the historic 61cm reflector built by Mr Beames; various workshops used by Mr Beames, one of which is used as a meeting room and storage for telescopes; observing fields; a sliding roof observatory housing a 76cm refelector mounted on an equatorial platform; residence and caretakers cottage.

In January 2010, the Observatory site was placed on the NSW State Heritage Register, in recognition of the unique contribution of Ken Beames to amateur astronomy in NSW.

A regular beginners group, run by supernova hunter Rev. Bob Evans, is held on Saturdays close to the new moon and teaches people to use their telescopes effectively, how to read star charts and find their way around the sky. At the same time more experienced amateur astronomers from Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group (WSAAG) meet in the viewing field.

Visitors to the site (currently by appointment only) can learn first hand about the remarkable work of Mr Beames, or for a small donation join in one of the regular beginners groups for a tour of the sky. Larger groups and viewing nights can be arranged with sufficient notice. For bookings or more information, please complete our contact form.

Ken Beames with first telescope