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Geraldine Observatory

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22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Amazing man, Amazing observatory

Peter is an incredible individual with a wealth of knowledge. To visit the Geraldine Observatory is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rachelle M
Incredible experience

We had an amazing experience at the Geraldine observatory. Peter was extremely friendly and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hannah P
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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 2 weeks ago

Peter is an incredible individual with a wealth of knowledge. To visit the Geraldine Observatory is not just to gain first hand insight into the universe and our existence, but to gain insight into an extraordinary way of life full of passion and inspiration for...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing experience at the Geraldine observatory. Peter was extremely friendly and welcoming, with none of us being experts in astronomy we were unsure what to expect, he was incredibly knowledable and no question was silly question! If ever in Geraldine it's a...More

Thank Hannah P
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Our group of 8 was very impressed with this private observatory in Geraldine. Peter Aldous was very gracious to us and very knowledgeable about the Southern Hemisphere night sky. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who has an interest in our skies and...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see the world of nebula, galaxies,planets and stars through the eyes of someone who has passionately followed the world of astronomy most of his life. It was great to have access to his equipment and knowledge in...More

Thank Pamela C
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Three of us ended up in Geraldine and then discovered that this small town had an Observatory. We had previously thought of going to Mount John but it was fully booked so to find another Observatory”just down the road” seemed just too good to be...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I booked this as a birthday gift for my husband who has an interest in astronomy and found it an fantastic experience too!! Peter has the most amazing amount of knowledge on the night sky. His photographs and the information of his years of studying...More

Thank R4349HVlisah
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Peter is a friendly and interesting character, with a wealth of knowledge on astronomy, astro-photography and observatory construction. He made us most welcome and showed us many stunning views through his high-spec telescopes. He is keen to pass on his experience and to discuss anything...More

Thank austin-ex-jafa
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

It was raining all day due to cyclone gita and we still went to see Peter. He showed us astonishing photos he took and provided a vast amount of his 71 yrs experience of astronomy. No entry fee, donation based and 100% well worth it...More

Thank CHRIS S
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Had previously booked tour of Tekapo observatory with Earth & Sky but had to cancel because no accommodation free close by. Stayed at Geraldine and our host recommended this place. We were so pleased as it was an excellent venue and Peter’s enthusiasm for his...More

Thank Don W
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This was our first visit to an observatory, we were really impressed by Peter, his experience, and knowledge of the stars. Peter is one of many amateur astronomers who comb the stars searching for images of supernovas for NASA, and other space phenomena. His personal...More

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