Things To Do in CederbergCederberg Astronomical Observatory
Where? Cederberg Astronomical Observatory, Cederberg, Western Cape
When? Saturday evenings only, weather permitting and no shows during full moon.
Approximately two hours, starting at 20h00.
How? Call +27 (0)27 482-2827
How much? Donations appreciated
In the early 1980s, a British astronomer named Peter Mack, who was working for the SAAO (South African Astronomical Observatory), visited the Cederberg and saw its potential as a base for an amateur observatory. He obtained the use of land on the farm Dwarsrivier, courtesy of the then owner, Oom Pollie Nieuwoudt, and the first piers for the telescopes were built in 1984. A storeroom and a dome for a 16″ telescope were constructed early in 1986 and the site was used for observations of Halley’s comet later that year.
In 1988 Peter Mack created a partnership with five amateur astronomers from Cape Town and a constitution was drawn up, officially establishing the Cederberg Observatory. Accommodation was built, with cooking facilities and ablutions, and was completed in 1989. There has been an addition of a structure to house a 16″ telescope. The Observatory has attracted a country-wide following, perfect for the whole family, and those who have always wanted to experience an observatory. Its location out in the ‘wilderness’ adds to its sense of adventure and mystery. Bring your children and experience science like never before.