Donate to the AAO

Ever wonder what it's like to stay up all night using a world class 4-metre telescope?

The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) provides Australian astronomers with access to state-of-the-art optical and infrared telescopes, allowing them to pursue world-class science. This includes developing innovative technologies and instruments for these telescopes.

Forty per cent of astronomy in Australia uses optical/infrared telescopes, and the AAO is the main provider of these facilities. 

Through its International Telescope Support Office the AAO also supports the use of larger overseas telescopes by Australian astronomers.

Formally opened in 1974, the AAO was originally a bi-national facility of Australia and the UK. Since 2010 it has been fully funded by the Australian Government. 

If you would like to donate to the AAO, please contact us at All donations above $2 are fully tax deductible.

AAO-developed starbugs attached by vacuum to a glass plate. This new technology allows optical fibres to be precisely placed for astronomical observations.