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Geraldine Observatory

22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Awesome experience

Graeme, Carol, Lucas, Tessa and Ashton loved the stars and night sky through your photos and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol T
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Geraldine, New Zealand
Starry, starry night. We were so lucky.

Such a privilege to join Peter in his private observatory on a perfect night for stargazing. Just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
NemaNZ
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Western Bay of Plenty
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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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 9 May 2017

What an amazing experience to visit this private observatory. So glad we took the advice of our motel owner and visited this attraction. Peter makes the whole experience highly personalised and interesting, his knowledge is amazing. A great chance to view the night sky in...More

Thank WilliamRG2014
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Absolutely blown away! Peter was so knowledgable, informative and great with the kids. A wonderful experience. We will definately be returning.

Thank Roz S
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Great experience for both kids and adults. Peter is incredibly knowledgeable and fully recommend going out of your way to pay him and the many stars a visit!

Thank Ruth T
Reviewed 18 April 2017

What a wonderful experience it was to visit this private observatory owned by a wonderful man named Peter. He showed us so much out there in the night sky with an incredible telescope. He taught us so much in such a personal and warm way....More

Thank cohenartsed
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