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Amazing Observatories Perfect for Stargazing

By Marisa Lascala - 2014-03-26T17:51:50Z

Photograph via Conde Nast Traveler

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Sydney Observatory

Sydney, Australia

From its spot atop Observatory Hill, the historic copper-domed Sydney Observatory is not only positioned to get a clear image of the night sky, it has a great view of Sydney Harbor. Inside, it operates as a planetarium and museum, housing a wealth of astronomy, meteorology, and timekeeping equipment. After you've finished browsing by day, return at night and reserve time with one of two of the Observatory's telescopes. The first is a computer-controlled reflecting telescope, while the second, an 1874 refracting telescope, is the oldest working telescope in Australia.

Visit: The Observatory is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Nighttime sessions can be reserved in advance online.

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