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Geraldine Observatory

22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Stargazing with dutchies

We were with just the two of us. And had a really cool and interesting evening. We spent 3 hours... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ramon M
via mobile
something a bit different for a night out

A great night out viewing the moon (really close up), some planets and stars etc and then hearing... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2017
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” (20 reviews)
“star gazing” (7 reviews)
“his passion” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed October 2, 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
Reviewed September 17, 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
Reviewed September 3, 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
Reviewed August 18, 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 August 17, 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 July 12, 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 July 9, 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 July 4, 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 June 23, 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
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