Ray Pickard

Bathurst, New South Wales

Educator, astronomer, observatory owner

A childhood visit to a small observatory first sparked Ray’s interest in astronomy. In 2000, after decades exploring the cosmos through a lens, Ray opened his own observatory on the outskirts of Bathurst. With its variety of imaging and research telescopes, as well as a world-class mineral collection, the centre regularly hosts school students. Now Ray, a qualified teacher, is using his AMP Tomorrow Fund grant to educate and inspire more young people to learn about the heavens: “It’s always been my goal to improve the site as a focal point of learning about astronomy and cultural sky law of the local Wiradjuri people – through both online and on-site education.”