Grove Creek Observatory

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Grove Creek Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Trunkey Creek, New South Wales, Australia. It advertises that it has the darkest night skies and best seeing conditions of any observatory in Australia. It is located about 4 hours drive from Sydney, Australia. It is run by Jim Lynch and Greg Ford.

It is a non-profit research facility associated with the Astronomy programme at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, USA[1] and also provides remote internet access to its telescopes for the general public and astronomers.

The Sydney Morning Herald's review concluded that "It is ... for enthusiastic amateur astronomers. It is not designed for the casual visitor. The owners like people to come and stay and then use the observatory during their stay."[2]

Minor Planet 217603 ("Grove Creek") was discovered at this observatory by F. Tozzi on 9 May 2008.[3]


  1. ^ "Astronomy". Wheaton College. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Trunkey Creek". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 1 January 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2012). Dictionary of minor planet names (6th rev. and enl. ed. ed.). Berlin: Springer. p. 1297. ISBN 9783642297182. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°49′47″S 149°22′00″E / 33.8296°S 149.3666°E / -33.8296; 149.3666