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Blue Mountains Observatory (previously Leura Observatory) is located 100km West of Sydney Australia.  Since its inception in 1996, the observatory has progressed gradually from a simple manually controlled dome to currently an established remote controlled observatory mainly working on Asteroid photomety. The research work has expanded to include Asteroid astrometry, variable star photometry and follow up work on supernova, comets and other transient phenomena.

A larger more advanced weather controlled Roll-off-Roof designed observatory has been built onsite to replace the domed observatory.
The observatory instruments now include the new CDK Planewave 24" on a fork mount Mathis 1000.  A celestron 14" on a Paramount MX GEM mount. This instrument has been the work horse for Minor Planet from Leura observatory in the past. New addition to the observatory is a 120mm(5") APO refractor and a 12" Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. More research grade telescopes will be added to the platform in the coming years.

There have been 3 Binary asteroid discoveries, 3 co-discoverer of the Binary asteroids and numerous publications in Minor Planet Bulletin. Please visit the Projects page.

Email: info_at_bluemountainsobservatory.com.au

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