Stockport is a small town 73 kilometres (45 mi) north of Adelaide and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Tarlee in South Australia. On the southern boundary of the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council area, it was once the heart of a small farming community. Stockport was a stop on the Peterborough railway line which opened past Stockport in 1869, connecting it to Adelaide. The line closed in the 2000s.
The Charles Todd Observatory, topped by a 7.5 metre dome, was built at Stockport c. 1970. It is operated by the Astronomical Society of South Australia. It was closed in 2010 after being damaged in a severe storm, but reopened in 2016.
Stockport Observatory houses three permanently-mounted telescopes as well as some small portable ones.
The Jubilee Telescope is a 20-inch (0.5 metre) Newtonian-Cassegrain reflecting telescope that was built with the assistance of the state's Jubilee 150 Board in 1986. The telescope is computer-controlled and equipped with a ST-6 CCD camera for digital imaging of the night sky.
The smaller observatory houses a computerised 12-inch (30cm) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
A slide-off roof observatory houses a popular 15-inch (40cm) Newtonian reflecting telescope.
The telescopes are used for projects within the Society and to show visitors the beauty of astronomical objects in the southern skies.
In addition to the main observatory buildings, the Stockport site also contains three telescope pads (all with power), a furnished hut with sleeping accomodation and amenities, a large shed seating around 30 people for lectures and slide shows, a BBQ area, shower and toilet facilities, and an off-site car park.
To learn more about the Stockport Observatory please see: https://www.assa.org.au/facilities/stockport/