Monthly free telescope viewing at Mt. Coot-Tha Lookout

Have your first taste of astronomy by looking through one of our telescopes to view the night sky at our Public Viewing Nights.

Come up to Mt Coot-tha Lookout for telescope viewing one Saturday evening each month. Our club members will show you the spectacular mountain ranges and craters on the Moon, star clusters, planets and other objects. Afterwards, enjoy the wonderful view of Brisbane and relax with light refreshments at the Kuta Café.

Cost

There is no charge or cost to take a look through our telescopes.  However, if you would care to make a small donation to help support the operation of our school outreach program your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Dates

We conduct these viewing nights when the Moon is close to first-quarter phase.  This provides some fantastic viewing of the Moon's craters while keeping the sky just dark enough to also observe a few other bright deep-sky objects.  To find the next viewing date just check the Event Calendar on this page and look for "Public Viewing Night".

Time

Viewing begins at sundown. This event is weather permitting, but as long as it is not raining or overcast and you can see the Moon, we'll be there. Please check the event calendar for monthly dates and for any changes.

Venue

Mt. Coot-Tha Lookout.

Transport

Last bus departs from the City at 5pm. There will be no more buses to or from the summit after this bus. 

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you don't have your own transport and would like to car pool with other members. Guests are welcome but priority is given to BAS members.

Free Equipment Rental for Members

Members who have rented BAS equipment will get their rental fee refunded if they bring the BAS equipment along and help out with a Public Viewing Night, or School Night, or other outreach events.