Welcome to the Australian Astronomical Observatory

Welcome to Australian Astronomical Optics – Macquarie University

The Australian Astronomical Observatory was formerly a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The Observatory was funded by the Australian Government to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers, through to 30 June 2018.  The Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes are now managed by the Australian National University on behalf of the Australian astronomical community.

ESO Strategic Partnership Plan: Australian support

The Government's announcement of a Strategic Partnership with ESO has received broad support from the Australian astronomical research community.

Australia enters Strategic Partnership with ESO

The Australian Government has announced that it will spend $26.1 million for a 10-year Strategic Partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

The AAO's Technological Achievements

The AAO develops innovative technologies and instruments for the telescopes we support, but national and international. View our Technological Achievements document here.