School Nights

Request a school astronomy night and our members will set up a variety of telescopes so school children and their parents can observe and learn about the night sky.

We conduct school telescope nights a few times most months for primary and high schools around Brisbane.  We invite requests from schools in the metropolitan Brisbane region encompassed by Caboolture, Ipswich and Beenleigh.

Primary Schools

For primary school children we recommend selecting dates when the moon is visible in the early evening, preferably in the period extending from about 4 days prior to the lunar first quarter through to about two days before full moon.  We suggest checking moon rise and set times here to find suitable dates each month.

High Schools

High school students may be more interested in deeper space objects and any date beyond three or four days either side of the full moon would be suitable.  However please be aware of the profound impact that city light pollution has on the ability to observe faint and very distant objects from within metropolitan Brisbane.

School Checklist

When contacting BAS to request a school night please provide us with the following information:

  • Your preferred dates.
  • An estimate of the number of students and parents that may attend.
  • The location of your sports field or wide open area where telescopes may be located. We prefer to have direct vehicle access onto these locations due to the weight and bulk of telescope equipment.
  • The name and contact details of a school contact that will coordinate and promote the event to students.

For schools with large numbers of students, siblings and parents attenting an evening we would also appreciate the assistance of a teacher or school representative in a "crowd control" role at the telescopes.  Speeding kids, dark sports fields and delicate equipment can make for an interesting mix.

To book a school visit, contact the Education Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming School Nights

BAS members are encouraged to help out and pass on some of their knowledge and experience. Members can register to help at an event by contacting the education officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please provide your phone number so you can be contacted if the event is postponed. Details of the event will then be emailed to you.

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