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Geraldine Observatory

22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Interesting and absorbing

Had previously booked tour of Tekapo observatory with Earth & Sky but had to cancel because no... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Don W
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
Mind blowing intro to astronomy for kids and adults alike.

This was our first visit to an observatory, we were really impressed by Peter, his experience, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
20minstochoosename
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Christchurch, 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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“night sky” (21 reviews)
“star gazing” (7 reviews)
“his passion” (6 reviews)
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

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank 20minstochoosename
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you to previous travellers we found this amazing treasure of an attraction! Despite it being a cloudy evening, Peter had an amazing show available. Really enjoyed the evening, informative, interesting, mind blowing! Some amazing equipment! Entry by donation. Glad we opted for this Observatory...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

My partner and I went to visit Geraldine Observatory on Saturday 6th of January at the end of our 2 weeks South Island NZ road trip. This was an amazing experience as you can read below. In summary my two comments are: - expect to...More

Thank Alyne R
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening learning about the night sky with Peter. His enthusiasm is infectious! He clearly has a passion for astronomy and wants to share his lifelong love with others. It was just me and my husband on this tour so we had...More

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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Fascinating visit to this amazing observatory. We viewed distant supernova on a very powerful telescope, having first been briefed by Peter, the owner. He made the visit accessible and entertaining yet I came away feeling that I had learned a great deal. We were fortunate...More

Thank Jennyml1953
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We were with just the two of us. And had a really cool and interesting evening. We spent 3 hours with Peter and we could still sit there for hours. He knows allot and has some really nice stories. We saw some awsome nebulas, stars...More

Thank Ramon M
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

A great night out viewing the moon (really close up), some planets and stars etc and then hearing about supernova hunting and info on astronomy. Peter is nice and obviously passionate about astronomy. He is super generous only asking a donation (this does not mean...More

Thank mrhwalsh
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

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
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

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
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