Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
What is ASIGN Observatory II?
ASIGN observatory II is a private observatory in Canberra, Australia. It is a non-profit, FREE information resource for anyone with an interest in learning about, observing or imaging the universe through a telescope. Now complete,the observatory is available to schools, youth groups and other visitors by appointment.
ASIGN teaches about the observable universe and instructs beginners how to use telescopes and imaging equipment.
"I have seen people's lives change after they have, "seen" for themselves, the astounding things in space through a telescope. Knowing about the planets and stars academically is one thing, but seeing it for yourself changes something. All of a sudden your perspective changes and your problems aren't quite so large. Hope fills your soul and you start asking bigger questions. This first-hand experience and knowledge must be shared with everyone."
- Barry Armstead, Founder ASIGN Observatory II
Left: Better Homes and Gardens television segment on mancaves, including ASIGN Observatory II, hosted by the lovely Johanna Griggs.
ASIGN Observatory has featured in:
The Canberra Times
Melbourne Radio SEN
Better Homes and Gardens TV show
ABC Radio Canberra
Can you help?
The new ASIGN Observatory II dome now needs a much larger telescope system to image distant galaxies and capture movies of Jupiter, Saturn and other bodies in our amazing solar system.
All donations to the observatory go to the observatory only and keep it FREE and up-to-date for people yet to have their eyes opened by the wonders of creation.
If you are a browsing millionaire looking to support a community resource, ASIGN II encourages you to make contact to talk about funds for an upgrade.
Donations through secure Paypal button below. *If you do not wish to use PayPal, please contact me for a bank deposit.
Right: If you wanted to be an astronaut when you were young, why should you let that desire die, even if you know it is not likely? Never let the world rob you of joyful discovery, wonder and an inquiring mind.
Thanks and blessings to our wonderful sponsors and contributors who helped get the construction finished!
Your donations, physical labour, skills and assistance have helped tremendously to build this project. You are all a part of this fantastic community outreach.
Now the observatory is complete, ASIGN II is planning a big opening night, followed by many astronomy nights including laser tours of the stars and look-through the telescopes. On cloudy nights I will hold Q&A astro-discussion and education in the dome, socialise, astronomy doco's and coffee. (yes there will be a coffee point in there.)
Stay tuned for dates!
Left: Those precious faint photons have travelled so far!
TP of Brisbane, Australia - Engineering
Angelo G of Canberra, Australia - Concreting
Jacob A of Canberra, Australia - Welding
Sven of Canberra, Australia - All kinds of help
Terry of Canberra, Australia - Steel freighting
Jason S of Canberra, Australia - Labour
Prisco M of Canberra, Australia - Backhoe & Labour
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Logan T of Canberra, Australia - Donation of a bar-fridge
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Matt R of Canberra, Australia - Door hardware donation and install
Alex J of Canberra, Australia - Donation of light fittings
Pat M of Canberra, Australia - Donation of power outlets
Peter M of Canberra, Australia - Installation of electrical fittings
Hall family of Canberra, Australia - Donation of flat-screen TV
Jack W of Canberra, Australia - Interior fitting assistance
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