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The School of Astronomy and Astrophysics is a “virtual school” with its administration and observatory based at Atherton State High School, located in the town of Atherton on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. The coordinates of the school’s observatory is latitude 17° 15' 30.33'' South, longitude 145° 29' 42.11'' East at an altitude of 752 m (2,467 ft.) above sea level. North-east Japan lies within this meridian in the northern hemisphere, with locations in south-west Queensland and central New South Wales and Victoria in the Southern hemisphere. 

The observatory witnesses its best seeing from July to November when clear skies are common throughout the region’s dry season.