Observatory Quest

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Observatory Quest (#43)
Observatory Quest.png
Released 17 March 2003 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest series None
Official difficulty Intermediate
Lead developer(s) James B

The Observatory Quest is a quest where you must help the professor of the observatory repair the structure and restore it to its former glory.

Details[edit | edit source]

Start pointQuest point icon.png Talk to the Observatory professor in the Observatory Reception Room south-west of Ardougne, north of Castle Wars.
Official difficultyIntermediate
DescriptionThe Observatory in south-west Ardougne has been ransacked by a family of nearby goblins. Can you help the professor to rebuild it?
Official lengthShort
Requirements None
Items required
Enemies to defeat
  • Goblin guard (level 42) (Optional – can simply be trapped behind a column)
Map Showing the Observatory Quest Legend:
1: Observatory, a: Furnace (for molten glass and Bronze bar), b: Planks (2x), c: Copper and tin mines, d: Sandpit, e: Superantipoison(1), f: Antipoison(1) chest, g: Trader Crewmember (sells Soda ash and Bucket of Sand, both 5 coins each), A: Quest Area (Area to travel, from begin to end, if item collected beforehand).

Getting started[edit | edit source]

Items required: 3 regular planks, a bronze bar, molten glass

Speak with the Observatory professor, located in the reception room of the Observatory (near the Observatory tower) (Minigame Teleport: Castle Wars, ring of dueling or other methods can be used and then travel north). Ask if you can look through the telescope and he says that it's broken. He tells you that a family of goblins has tampered with the telescope, so ask if you can help. He says that he needs some wood for the tripod, bronze for the tube, and glass for a new lens.

Once you have these three items, bring them back to the professor who will take them from you. He then says that he needs a mould so that he can make a new lens.

Note: Make sure to talk to the professor three times and give him the molten glass, bronze bar and three planks before attempting to inspect the stove; otherwise, you will have to lure or kill the guard again for the key.

Retrieving the lens mould[edit | edit source]

Items required: None.

Recommended: An antipoison potion, energy potions, combat equipment (for lower levels) and food

If you don't have antipoison potions, you can pick up one Superantipoison at the spawn in the south-eastern building. Go down the stairs to the east of the reception room to find the Observatory Dungeon (the room with the stairs is directly east of the start point). Once down the stairs, you must find the goblin kitchen key. It is commonly found in the south-eastern most chest although it can vary from person to person. Search any chests you pass on the way to the south-eastern chest just in case. Keep searching the chests (refer to the map) until you find the key. Once you search the correct chest, make sure you complete the dialogue for taking the key or else you will not receive it and will have to return to the chest.

Sometimes there may be a poisonous spider (level 31) inside the chest in which case run away quickly or you may get poisoned.

Now that you've got the key, head all the way back to the kitchen gate (take the north-eastern path from the stair entrance), and "prod" the sleeping guard (level 42). He will wake up and attack you. You can either defeat him or get him stuck behind a wall.

Note: Getting him stuck behind a wall will allow you to go through the door. However, if you pass the goblin again, you will be attacked. Also, another goblin will spawn asleep. You can fight multiple goblins.

Open the kitchen gate (you will use the key and discard it), and then inspect the goblin stove. You determine the goblins are cooking something foul in the lens mould. Dump out the stew and bring this back to the professor.

His assistant will ask you not to give it to him, as last time the professor attempted to craft something, the explosion took a week to clean up. The professor agrees and gives you back the molten glass and mould.

Use the molten glass with the lens mould to craft him a new lens. Give it back to the professor. He will want you to visit him in the Observatory.

The Observatory[edit | edit source]

Audio options icon.png
Look to the Stars
The music which plays when arriving at the Observatory.

Climb back down the stairs into the Observatory Dungeon. Now, instead of taking the south-east path, follow the north-west passage (past the kitchen) to find some stairs leading to the Observatory (the southern set of stairs on the map). There is also a chest north-east of the stairs to the Observatory, which spawns infinite Antipoison(1) vials, which you can combine to make full vials.

Go up the stairs, and a cutscene will play. After the cutscene ends, go up the stairs and talk to the professor, and then "view" the telescope to see a constellation.

Looking through the telescope.

After closing the window, the professor should ask you which constellation you saw. The constellations are on wall charts in the main level of the Observatory. Identify your constellation, talk to the professor again, and you should get your reward in your inventory.

Congratulations! Quest complete!

Name & Reward Picture Name & Reward Picture
25 Water runes, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Aquarius.png Aries
875 Attack experience, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Aries.png
Amulet of defence, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Cancer.png Capricorn
875 Strength experience, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Capricorn.png
Black 2h sword, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Gemini.png Leo
875 Hitpoints experience, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Leo.png
3 Law runes, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Libra.png Pisces
3 Tuna, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Pisces.png
Maple longbow, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Sagittarius.png Scorpio
Weapon poison, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Scorpio.png
Super strength(1), uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Taurus.png Virgo
875 Defence experience, uncut sapphire
Star Chart Viewer Virgo.png

Quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If the player talks to the Observatory assistant after the quest, he will give the player a jug of wine as thanks for the help. He will also tell the player his and the professor's real names, which are Patrick and Mambo-duna-roona, respectively.
  • The professor may give you a Chart during or after the quest. Although it is no longer a requirement now, you may still want to keep it for Treasure Trails.