STAR GAZERS: Kingaroy Observatory's James Barclay gave guests a guided tour of the stars at the inaugural Dinner Under the Stars on June 29.
STAR GAZERS: Kingaroy Observatory's James Barclay gave guests a guided tour of the stars at the inaugural Dinner Under the Stars on June 29. Jessica McGrath

GALLERY: Fine dining under the stars

KINGAROY observatory guests had fine dining at its best, under the stars.

More than 50 diners came to the inaugural Dinner Under The Stars last Saturday night.

Observatory owner James Barclay said the event was designed to encourage astro-tourism.

"We'll be looking at Saturn, Jupiter, galaxies and star clusters," he said.

"They will get a full green laser guided tour of the stars."

This event marked the 4th anniversary of when the observatory moved to its current location at the Kingaroy airport.

He entertained the guests by explaining what they could see in the clear night sky, in between courses.

Almost all of the guests were from outside of the South Burnett and had never visited an observatory before.

"I'm excited to see so many people," Mr Barclay said.

"I didn't expect it to be this popular."

"It's a laid back night and we'll be seeing lots of things tonight."

The dinner guests were treated to astronomy trivia and the opportunity to see the stars up close in the telescopes.

"What we see with the naked eye is minuscule, compared to what is out there," Mr Barclay said.

The four-course dinner was provided by South Burnett caterer Judy Crawford and Kingsley Grove Estate served up wines for the evening.

Mr Barclay said this would hopefully be the first of many similar astro-tourism events.

The dinner guests raised $445 in a raffle ticket fundraiser to raise money for a smart pup for Tingoora teenager Kalila Vukelic.

"It's a wonderful cause, it's the least we could do and everyone pitched in," he said.