Greg Quicke's ASTRO TOURS:

THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY TO THE STARS

Delivering intensely practical astronomy to humanity since 1995!

 

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Go to 'Stargazing Tours' for details on Broome's Astronomy Experience. Our 'Event Calendar' will let you know the best nights to book and also everything else that Greg is doing  including television and corporate events. If you know what you want already, book here.

EARLY BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

STARGAZING LIVE 2017. Greg Quicke, (#SpaceGandalf), and Professor Brian Cox team up for 6 shows on the 1st series of the BBC's Stargazing Live 2017 program and the ABC's version of Stargazing Live 2017. Watch the reruns here.

 STARGAZING LIVE 2018 on IView for ABCTV  with Greg Quicke, (#SpaceGandalf), Professor Brian Cox, Julia Zemiro, Kumi Taguchi, Dr Lisa Harvey Smith, Alan Duffy and more.

Nas Daily on facebook made this 1 minute video in Broome with Greg Quicke. In 2 days it got 1.2 million views. Have  a look to see how many its got now! 

Greg Quicke's 10 part TV series, A Stargazers Guide to the Cosmos, is now available for binge watching on ABC's IView.

8 of these parts have also been made into a 1 hour special edition of A Stargazers Guide to the Cosmos show on ABCTV in May 2018 and still available on iView.

Listen to Greg Quicke and Richard Fidler on the ABCs 1 hour radio podcast, 'Conversations' here.

Listen to Alan Duffy's Cosmic Vertigo podcast on Stargazing Live 2018 with Greg Quicke.

To buy Greg's Earth Turning Consciousness book and other astronomy books and starcharts come and see us at Gallery Sobrane. You are going to want to visit Sobrane's Gallery anyway because it is beautiful!

Here's some links to previous TV shows

Songlines of Indigenous Australians

Astronomer Greg Quicke learns from Dr Noel Nannup how Indigenous Australians read the night sky, and how ancient pathways are helping people navigate this vast land even today.

Is the Moon upside down?

Astronomer Greg Quicke gets in a spin to explain why the night sky looks different in Australia compared to the UK.

Coral and the Moon

Astronomer Greg Quicke finds out how unlocking coral's unique relationship with the Moon could help scientists save the Great Barrier Reef.

 
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BROOME'S ASTRONOMY EXPERIENCE

"Giving people a living breathing conscious experience of being on a planet that is turning as it hurtles through space is our most profound task with Astro Tours.

With this experience comes an ability to see things for what they really are, to see yourself in relation to the whole and to know that everything is on track. So relax, have fun and enjoy the ride."

Greg Quicke

 

STARGAZING TOURS

Broome's Astronomy Experience a 2-hour educational and entertaining mind bender using big telescopes, lasers and fun under some of the best stargazing skies on the planet. 

You'll find Greg Quicke running star shows for the public from April to October at the Astro Tours dark site an easy 20 minutes drive out of Broome, Western Australia.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

With a growing national and international TV presence, availability of Greg to run the public star shows in Broome is at a premium. We recommend that you check the online Event Calendar and book now to make sure to get in on the night that you want. We recommend that you make a booking for early in your visit to Broome (depending on the moon phase of course). This will give you some fallback dates in case of a cancellation due to weather or any other cause.

GETTING THERE

Our beautifully dark bush setting is out on the Broome Highway, right next door to the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, a must do while you are in Broome. You can opt for: A HOTEL MINIBUS TRANSFER, or save yourself some $$ with a 20 minute SELF DRIVE. It is an easy drive for any type of car on a sealed road except for the last 500m of hard packed dirt. Clear directions are delivered with your booking confirmation email.

RENTING A CAR IN BROOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION

2 local companies, BROOME BROOME CAR RENTALS and SUNRISE CAR HIRE will allow you to drive out to Astro Tours. Most of the bigger car hire companies like Thrifty, Budget, Avis and Europe will not let you use your car out of the town limits after dark. Hertz are open to it if you ask them nicely.

CANCELLATIONS

You can cancel or change your booking via email on the Contact page or phone with no charge at any time with half a days notice.

THE BEST NIGHTS

The shows run at different times on different nights starting as early as 6pm and as late as 8pm for the 2 hour show. This allows us to access different parts of the ever changing sky. For instance, if there are planets around early in the night, they may be gone by the later start time. Or perhaps there are late rising planets that you will only see on a late show. Every night of the year is different! We adjust show times to suit moonrises, later sunsets after equinox in September and other planetary conditions.

DARK STARRY NIGHTS

Starting from 2 or 3 days after full moon are the dark sky nights running all the way through to almost 1st quarter moon, 2 1/2 weeks later. These are the best nights, giving us access to deep space and all that it has to offer.

MOONLIT NIGHTS

There is a week following 1st quarter moon and ending 2 days after full moon when the bright moon makes it difficult to see anything except the brightest stars and planets. We run a few nights early in this week for those who simply must come and close for the rest. The detail on the moon itself is absolutely amazing in our telescopes! We still make a great night of it, although if you have a choice, choose the dark starry nights.

TUNING IN TO THE SEASONS

Coming out with us once will give you a snapshot in time of our continuous journey through space. Coming regularly will build on this and reinforce what we started together while adding in other elements that really can only be gained by you experiencing them through the passage of time. We measure this time with the very journey of our planet through space! To consciously experience this journey will literally take you time! Season Tickets are available.

WHAT ELSE WILL WE LEARN

While we are setting you up to watch the earth turn and to achieve Earth Turning Consciousness in your life, we'll teach you star names, constellations and where to find the planets. We'll reinforce this as much as we can throughout the night with the idea of you finding at least a few things in the sky the next night with confidence!

CHILDREN

Our starshows are directed at the ADULT MIND although your well behaved children with a good attention span are welcome! Please consider this carefully when booking in with children. The little ones do tend to go to sleep!

INCLUDED

The show includes hot chocolate, biscuits and Breaking News! We are testing some new improved comfy stargazing chairs this year! This will be great news for our regulars who will be used to our folding camp stools.

OPTIONAL

Bring binoculars if you have some. Otherwise, use ours! We sell them too! Check out our TELESCOPES page.

 

IMPORTANT: Night time temperatures at our bush site can drop to less than 10 degrees during June, July and August. Bring warm clothing, covered footwear is best and most importantly, a ready, clear and sharp mind!

 

PRICES 2018

 

SELF DRIVE

Adult: $75

Child (u/16): $45

WITH HOTEL TRANSFERS

Adult: $95

Child (u/16): $65

 

Our prices are set to reflect commissions, GST and credit card fees as well as the fact that unlike other operations that may be able run multiple tours per day, we have one time slot per day and we rely on Greg being rested and sharp so that he can deliver the best for you. We are also totally dictated to by the weather including a wet season that shuts us down for 5 months of the year. Having said that, we are very approachable to adjust prices in genuine cases of need if the request is accompanied by a smile. The setup each night is intense with up to half a ton of telescopes to be lifted and set up before you arrive and the same heavy lifting after you have gone home. This is the bit you pay for. You get the show for free!

 
 
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GREG'S LONG AWAITED FIRST BOOK:

EARTH TURNING CONSCIOUSNESS-

an Exercise in Planetary Awareness

 

Click the picture to buy, $29.99

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT GALLERY SOBRANE

48 Carnarvon Streeet, Broome, Western Australia.

EARTH TURNING CONSCIOUSNESS: AN EXERCISE IN PLANETARY AWARENESS

This book is a response to the thousands of people who have been asking for a follow up to the journey they have begun with us at Astro Tours.

Greg Quicke has been delivering intensely practical astronomy in live performance to tens of thousands of people since 1995. His live star shows in Broome, Western Australia, are packed out all through the 'dry' season when the skies are consistently clear. Other Australian and international locations are increasingly on the play-list for Greg's stimulating articulations of the sky.

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the earth's rotation will have carried you 10 or 11 kilometres away from where you started, the earth's journey around the sun will have thrown you 7 or 8 hundred kilometres along its orbit and our entire solar system will have travelled 6 or 7 thousand kilometres through space on its way around the Milky Way Galaxy. Are you having fun yet?

This book is a manual that you can use to see these movements for yourself and make them real in your life.

"Why didn't anyone show us this before?" is the most common question we hear at Astro Tours.

You will discover how easy it is to:

  •        See which way the earth is turning;
  •        See which way the earth is going around the sun;
  •        Make these movements a real part of your life;
  •        Learn to speak as if these movements are real; and
  •        Learn to step into earth turning consciousness.

Published by Wilkinson Publishing, Collins Street, Melbourne and due for release October 2016.

 
 
 
 

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TELESCOPES AND BINOCULARS

WHAT SORT OF TELESCOPE WILL I BUY?

is a question I'm often asked.

How well do you know the sky?

Not very well is often the answer.

Then don't buy a telescope is my advice.

However, do buy a pair of binoculars and do buy a star chart and start to learn your way around the sky. People who buy a telescope for themseves or for a loved one, often get it out under the sky on the first night, and can't find anything. They get it out on the 2nd night and still can't find anything. Then that new shiny telescope goes under the bed and stays there for many years. I hear this very often. I can see some of you nodding your heads.

WHAT SORT OF BINOCULARS WILL I BUY?

Binoculars are awesome for every part of your life and when you point them at the sky they will show you hundreds more stars than you can see with the naked eye. They will bring the craters on the moon to life, they will show you the moons of Jupiter and they will reveal many beautiful star clusters and formations that are only a hazy blur with the naked eye. Who knew that the Milky Way is just lots and lots of stars? Whoever points their binoculars at the Milky Way's glories is who.

See, even if you do buy a telescope, you will still need a pair of binoculars to find the things you want to point your telescope at. Binoculars are a joy in their own right! They are my favourite way to look at the night sky, (apart from simply lying on my back under it). If I am going out under the stars on my own, (and I have lots of big fancy telescopes to choose from), I only take binoculars!

10 X 50, 8 X 42, 20 X 60?

Binoculars have 2 numbers, like 10 x 50. 10 is the magnification and 50 is the aperture of the front lens in mm. For hand holding you want no more than 10 times magnification. Even better is 8 times. Everybody wants the highest maginification because more is more, right? More magnification means more difficult to use (like forget it), unless you are going to mount your big powerful binoculars to hold them rock steady. 10 x 50s are ideal for astronomy and everything else in your life too. Actually I prefer 8 x 42s because they are that much lighter and smaller to travel with. The technology being put into the 42mm lenses means they gather almost as much light as an average pair of 10 X 50s. Small birdwatching binos of 25mm aperture are unsuitable for stargazing as they simply don't have the light gathering power. 

HOW MUCH TO SPEND?

You can get a pair of binoculars for $100 and you will get $100 worth. Or you can spend a couple of thousand dollars and get awesome value in terms of the incredible quality you will see. Remember, you might only buy one pair of binoculars in your life, so it is worth making them a real pleasure to use. Somewhere in the middle at around 4 to $500 will get you something waterproof, dustproof and drop proof. Spend a little more and you will also increase your joy. Yes, it does make that much difference!

OK, SO YOU ARE READY FOR A TELESCOPE.

Binoculars will get you started and put a vital astronomical tool in your hands for getting the best out of your telescope. However, they won't show you much detail on the planets and they will only tease you to want more when you come across a spectacular Globular Cluster with them.

DOBSONIAN TELESCOPES

So then it is time for you to consider a telescope.  My favourites are the Dobsonian Telescopes, designed and given to the world by the most amazing John Dobson. They use a simple and easy to use mounting so that you can spend more on the telescope itself. That means you can get into a semi serious telescope for not very much money. We have Skywatcher 5 inch Dobsonians for $399. These will fit in a cupbord in your caravan. A 6 inch for $449 (on special for the month of July at only $399) needs a bit more room and an 8 inch for $649 will go on the back seat of your car. We've got them in 10 inch, 12 inch, 16 inch and bigger at Astro Tours where you can try them out. Order them here or pick one up at Gallery Sobrane, 48 Carnarvon St, Broome.

REFRACTORS

These are your classic look through telecopes using lenses. Some of the cheaper ones need chucking over the back fence  so buyer beware. Spend a little extra money though and you will have years of joy. Here's ones of my favourite Skywatcher 102mm refractors on a very easy to use Alt Azimuth mount for $699. Again, you can spend a lot more and maybe a little less. Again, you might only buy one, so make sure it is one you can actually use!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Astro photography requires an equatorial telescope mounting so that time exposures can be shot while the sky is 'tracked' by the camera and the telescope. This usually means learning a little more about how to set such a mounting up so that it is in alignment with the earth's axis. Having said this, in todays age, a computer will often handle this tricky stuff. The tricky stuff about computers though, is that they are computers.

HOW BIG? AND HOW MUCH?

While cheap telescope brands will brag about how much their rubbish telescope magnifies, this is the least important aspect of a telescope. The most important aspect is the size, in mm or inches, of the light gathering aperture. It is very easy to vary the magnification with different sized, or focal length, eyepieces, which simply slide in and out of your focuser.

While bigger is better with telescopes, it also makes them more difficult to use and to set up. That's why I am leaning more and more to a simple grab and go telescope such as the 102mm refractor linked above. Having said that I love my big dobsonians too for their sheer light gathering power. For a little more sophisication and $$s, I run a fleet of 8 inch Schmidtt Cassegrain telescopes from 2 of the best brands. These are compact, short tube reflecting telescopes that pack a powerful punch and for me, are the beginning of your serious sized telescopes. We also run an 11 inch version of these on a computer controlled fork mount. This is a serious telescope with a 40 thousand object database.

 

 
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INTERNSHIPS

HOW DOES IT WORK?

How would you like to spend some time with Greg Quicke under the awesome night skies of the wild Kimberley region of Western Australia? A Greg Quicke's Astro Tours Internship will let you do just that for a week, a month, 3 months or more! What's the deal? You help me and I will help you. Instead of paying for an educational series of tours tracking and tuning into the progress of the earth going around the sun, you get to help with the setup to pay your way.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

You'll learn check in procedures, help set out chairs and usher people to their chairs in the dark. You get to stir our famous hot chocolate, making sure that everyone gets one. You'll learn how to set up and use telescopes. They are big. There will be some heavy lifting. You'll be helping to guide people to the eyepieces and while you are at it, you'll pick up some familiarity with the ever changing night sky so that you can help let people know what they are seeing. 

WHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

In return, you get to sit down and enjoy the show each night. You get to set the telescopes and to play with them to your hearts content after everyone has gone home. There is a progression with every night being a slightly different presentation because the earth has moved that bit further around the sun week by week and month by month. Absorbing everything that Greg talks about on a regular show is nigh on impossible too, so you get to reinforce it and build it into your own life experience. 

WHO WILL YOU BE?

You will be physically, emotionally and mentally fit, clean living, presentable, smoke free and ready to learn. You will be able to respond to the needs of the people on the night and to take instruction easily. You might be an astronomy or astrophysics student, keen to add some practicality to your theoretical and academic studies. You might be post graduate looking to broaden your horizons. You might be a budding or experienced astro photographer. You might even have a lifetime of experience under the sky yourself and simply want to gain some new perspectives and contribute some of your own. You might also simply see this as your next calling, your next step in life, tuning into a journey that you are already on.

WHEN AND FOR HOW LONG?

If this sounds like you and you can commit a block of time to this, you would be required for 3 or more nights a week for up to 5 hours a night to run the 2 hour show. Some nights are a 4pm start and you'd be finished by 9pm. Other nights we start setting up at 6pm and finish the pack up by 11pm. The schedule each month is laid out in our Event Calendar. This would leave you free to work a day job or take on night work on the nights with nothing on the schedule. There is no remuneration as we will be exchanging services. However, in some cases and as you learn and become more useful to the whole setup, there may be a meal allowance available. There is some flexibility in the hours and in the days. Communication is gold! 

HOW?

It is easier if you have your own car. If not we can sort you out with a ride. You will need your own accommodation in Broome, Western Australia. Our stargazing season runs from April through October although there will be breaks in that schedule when I will be filming for television, off running corporate stargazing gigs in exotic locations or up the coast camping out on a writing retreat.

APPLY

To apply, send an email from the Contact page with Internship as the title. Tell me who you are and why you think this would be a good thing for you and for Astro Tours and for the rest of humanity too. Let me know your best availability and how long you can commit. We'll go through a trial period to see if we are good for each other. We'll do our best to allocate you the time slot that you have asked for.

WIN WIN

Sharing the night sky is my passion. Having you come help to spread our mission statement message even further is my aim.

"Giving people a living breathing conscious experience of being on a planet that is turning as it hurtles through space is our most profound task with Astro Tours.

With this experience comes an ability to see things for what they really are, to see yourself in relation to the whole and to know that everything is on track. So relax, have fun and enjoy the ride."

Greg Quicke

 

 
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GROUPS

SCHOOLS

Astro Tours has been serving local schools in Broome and through the Broome Camp School since 1995. We do big discounts for schools because we believe in encouraging youth.

 
 

CORPORATE & EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

We love corporate events and can set one up from scratch or come to your event and add our special magic to its spectacle. Here’s a few options for you:

 
 

ASTRONOMY EXPERIENCE WITH THE LOT

You can have the lot with big telescopes, tables set with white linen under glorious Kimberley skies and a chef feeding you your choice of catering styles while you listen to some home grown live music inspired by the very land you find yourself in! 

Coordinating the event, you’ll have access to Greg’s half-a-lifetime of experience living under the stars to entertain you with some mind blowing insights into our local area of space using electric green lasers to point out stars, constellations and deep space delights.

A night of large and quality telescopes, fine food, entertainment and unforgettable memories that will exceed your expectations. Let us know your budget. 

EXCLUSIVE ASTRONOMY INTENSIVE

This is the one for your small group intent on having uninhibited access to Greg's powerful revelation inducing insights for a few hours under some awesome Kimberley skies. We'll pull out the high-end telescopes and take the night in any astronomical direction you would like to take it, following up with some campfire time as the ideas start to flow. You can eat before you come, after you go back to town, bring your own catering or have us set up some catering so that you can settle in for the night. Bring your swag if you are really serious. Starting at $9900 including GST.

FLY, DRIVE, CRUISE

Fly Greg into your exotic location with a selection of high-end telecopes for that special insight into some powerful country, sea and sky.

A SIDE ORDER OF ASTRONOMY

We bring a couple of big telescopes to your event. Greg jumps in using lasers and powerful analogy to introduce you to the sky in a way you may never have thought about before. 

We’ll work around your catering and coordinate your event into a memorable and entertaining night with astronomical titbits and spectacular telescopic views mixed in between hors douvres, main course and desert. Starting at $9900 including GST.

BARE BONES STAR SHOW WITH ALL THE WOW INTACT

Greg comes to your event and walks on with lasers blazing and a presentation that will blow your mind. Telescopes are one thing. Finding out about where you are in the universe is another. 

You can have Greg for a quick 10 minute WOW around the sky or put him on for an hour with time for questions that relate to the nature of reality itself. We leave the telescopes home for this one so your set up costs are minimal with still enough punch to have you talking all night. Starting at $3300 including GST.

HOW MANY?

We can do all of the above events for your group of 2, 6, 10, 30 or 200. Our 'Bare Bones' presentation easily caters for larger groups, occasionally running into the thousands at events like the Shinju Matsuri finalle at the Cable Beach Amphitheatre. We run a regular 2 hour show, Broome's Astronomy Experience, on a weekly schedule at our Astro Tours Bush Launchpad, with individual bookings of 120 (2018) quite common and soon to be 150 with a growing fleet of serious telescopes and designer tiered swivel seating grandstands.

 

CONFERENCE ORGANISERS

Book any of these events for your most valued clients and have absolute confidence in us providing them with an experience that is truly out of this world. Here are some of our treasured corporate clients:

 
 
 
 
 
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SATISFIED CUSTOMERS

The people who come on Astro Tours are awesome in their own right. They are old, they are young, they are rich, they are budget conscious and they are everything in between. They come from all walks of life from the labourers to the highly educated. Some of them already have a deep knowledge and a degree and more often they are people who may be looking at a dark sky for the first time in their life. The only common thing that I see with all of them is the spark in their eye. And yes, it is so bright that I can see it clearly in the dark! This is my review of the sort of people who have joined me at Astro Tours over the past 2 and a half decades. Very rarely do we get anyone who isn't really meant to be there, although it can happen that the occasional person turns up for the wrong reasons. Although I guess there are no wrong reasons. We generally don't book group tours in because some of the people are only coming because they are a part of the group. The people who find us, are generally independent thinkers and they find us at the right time in their life. They are switched on and ready for whatever is next. If this is you, then come and join us and I will love you just as much as I love every one of you who has been before. I see Astro Tours as an organism with all of us, you the customers, you the regulars, you the interns and you the stars and planets above participating in a universe that is smiling and breathing and encouraging us all the way.

 
 
 
 

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GREG QUICKE: WHO IS THIS GUY?

Hi, I’m Greg Quicke and I’m delighted you are here on my site checking it out. 

I’ve had a few “ahaaa” moments about lots of things in my life, just as I’m sure you have. I’ve been sharing a few of mine about our place in the universe with groups of people for a few years now. I love watching peoples eyes light up when they have a few “ahaas” of their own and this is what tends to happen when we come together under the stars at Astro Tours. 

On my way to making a living as an astronomer, I’ve had lots of fun just doing whatever the next thing seemed to be. I went from high school to James Cook University to do Marine Biology. I got bored fairly quickly with looking in microscopes so I quit and went pearl diving in Broome instead. That was fun and I figured out how the tides work from watching the moon while I was at it. This was my first real astronomical step.

I like figuring things out and because I’ve always ridden motorcycles, I figured out how to keep them going. This ability extended fairly quickly into my next career as a mechanic fixing bikes, cars and trucks. I eventually ran my own business servicing Mack and Kenworth trucks, Harley Davidsons and heavy earthmoving gear. This work often took me out of Broome and into the wilder parts of the Kimberley region where standard sleeping arrangements are a swag under the stars. The only roof available and the only one needed for most of the year, was the Milky Way. I didn’t know anything about stars when I started although like anybody else, I was easily blown away with wonder and awe at the incredibly beautiful starscapes of the Kimberley.

I got to figuring things out again and started tuning in to the movements of the earth travelling through space. This really blew me away and the internal workings of a Harley v-twin started to look a bit too easy. I bought a telescope. It was big. Everyone wanted to look in it. I started talking, thinking that I was saying things that everyone already knew. “keep talking” was the response, so after a few years of encouragement from friends, fellow business colleagues and interested corporate and individual customers, I started Astro Tours in July of 1995.

The rest is history and Astro Tours continues to delight me in its ability to reach people in powerful yet simple ways while providing me with the means to continue sharing the simple insights that still pour quite regularly into the top of my head. I’m writing a book on a life spent amongst the stars, I’m running star shows, I’m presenting to school groups, corporate groups and to amazingly switched on groups of people who come together seemingly at random to join my regular shows.

I’m still riding bikes, surfing, I love my garden, chi gung on cable beach in the mornings and meditating in rhythm with the moon cycle. Amidst the chaos, the stars and planets are regular and display an amazing synchronicity, harmony and resonance with each other. It seems to me that everything is exactly in its right place, having exactly the right relationships with exactly the right timings so it may be worth considering that we are too.

 

Cheers

 

 
 
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