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Geraldine Observatory

22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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An Amazing Night

We did not know what to expect about this activity as our knowledge in astronomy were quite... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mathilde D
Transfixed for 2 hrs!

Thank you for such an interesting and inspiring visit to your observatory. We learnt so much and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dedicatedtraveller14
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Geraldine Observatory is one of New Zealands best private observatories. Operated by Peter and Wyn Aldous, the observatory has a 14 inch, six inch refractor, four inch triplit refractor, all mounted on a Paramont ME mount in a large roll on roll off observatory, a 11 inch HD Edge telescope in a domed observatory as well as others. Peters main interest is super nova hunting (exploding stars)and sharing the joys of the night sky with members of the public. Peter has over 40 years experience as a amateur astronomer.Donations go to promoting outreach astronomy in South Canterbury.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
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+64 3-693 7337
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did not know what to expect about this activity as our knowledge in astronomy were quite limited.... but Pete took the time explaining everything, and we felt so lucky, privileged and grateful for having spent this wonderful time with Pete. I have recommended it...More

Thank Mathilde D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you for such an interesting and inspiring visit to your observatory. We learnt so much and felt privaleged to view your many photos. You are so passionate about astronomy it has rubbed off on us and we eagerly await a clear night to start...More

Thank dedicatedtraveller14
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Me and my Husband are both nature lovers, however, we know very little about the stars let alone observe them from professional telescopes. I'm truly grateful to Peter's effort and time to show us around. The whole two hours are eye opening, informative, and really...More

Thank wenwen c
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

My partner and I had an amazing time , peter is a top bloke with an amazing passion which he loves to share with people from around the world ! Would deffinetly reccomend this experience and also offered great recommendations for other places in Geraldine...More

Thank Christie v
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Graeme, Carol, Lucas, Tessa and Ashton loved the stars and night sky through your photos and presentation.Even though the weather was against us for viewing through the telescope we all came home thinking and talking about the night sky.We are all very keen on another...More

Thank Carol T
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Such a privilege to join Peter in his private observatory on a perfect night for stargazing. Just two of us. We had some genuine WOW moments. Saturn was stunning, one of the best views of the year apparently. Peter does amazing scientific work and is...More

Thank NemaNZ
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Amazingly set up for a dabble into astronomy, despite your background or knowledge. Peter was a great facilitator and all round top bloke. I got into contact with him because my GF and I only had a week in the South Island. Geraldine Observatory proved...More

Thank Kavan C
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Cannot say enough about Peter, his passion, his telescopes, his passion, knowledge, did I mention his passion. Just a viewing room in the backyard, but what a set up. We had the best night - only 3 of us, so we had the undivided attention...More

Thank BlueGum74
Reviewed 5 June 2017

What a wonderful experience. Kids loved it! With rain falling all day we knew there wasn't going to be a lot to see in the night sky but went along to see what we could learn. Peter did not disappoint showing us video and photos...More

1  Thank Garfieldgp
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Great but as youn know with the sky we need beautiful clear nite sky. Be patient book longer at local motels ,if u hit the jackpot then u can go exploring the forests, do rafting , peel forest is a treat for native lovers.

Thank Jan K
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