PHOTOS: Fire bears down on observatory

Residents could do little but watch as a fast-moving bushfire rip through the outskirts of Coonabarabran, in north western NSW.

At least 12 properties were lost and parts of the Siding Spring Observatory damaged by the inferno.

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

A view of the smoke from Allison Canham's family property near Baradine. Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

A view of the smoke from Allison Canham's family property near Baradine. Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

Photo: ALLISON CANHAM

Photo: SUSAN ARMSTRONG

Photo: SUSAN ARMSTRONG

Photo: SUSAN ARMSTRONG

Photo: SUSAN ARMSTRONG

Photo: SUSAN ARMSTRONG

Photo: SUSAN ARMSTRONG

Photo: MR_UNICOMB/INSTAGRAM

Photo: MR_UNICOMB/INSTAGRAM

Siding Springs Observatory.

Siding Springs Observatory.

Photo: SUE ARMSTRONG

Photo: SUE ARMSTRONG

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: MR_UNICOMB/INSTAGRAM

Photo: MR_UNICOMB/INSTAGRAM

Photo: CANDACE BEARD/TWITTER

Photo: CANDACE BEARD/TWITTER

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: BRIAN SCHMIDT/TWITTER

Photo: BRIAN SCHMIDT/TWITTER

Photo: MR_UNICOMB/INSTAGRAM

Photo: MR_UNICOMB/INSTAGRAM

Photo: KRISSI AMIET/TWITTER

Photo: KRISSI AMIET/TWITTER

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: PAUL DUTTON/TWITTER

Photo: PAUL DUTTON/TWITTER

Photo: NSW RFS

Photo: NSW RFS

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