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Amazing, even in the worst weather!

We were pretty gutted that we picked the worst night ever as it was raining so didn't get to look... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Markfield, United Kingdom
Awesome star tour

This is the best experience for us. We feel like we learn from our family. He has a lot of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Reviewed 16 February 2015

I went to have a stargazing tour last night, and we had SUCH a great time! After the visit my friend and I stayed up 'till the early in the morning looking at stars and talking about what we'd seen and learnt. Peter is a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were pretty gutted that we picked the worst night ever as it was raining so didn't get to look through the telescopes. However, we decided we would still go and experience Peter's wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm. Peter is warm, charming and his enthusiasm...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best experience for us. We feel like we learn from our family. He has a lot of experience and he made the science interesting.

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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

I visited Peter's observatory alone and I was lucky the sky was clear and I could look into his telescope and discover Saturn, Moon, Mars and distant galaxies! Peter is an amateur so he only asks for a donation, but bear in mind that observatories...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2018

Peter totally knows how to make the experience unforgettable. We had an oppurtunity to see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars through telescope. Also saw few constellations and heard about brief history of them. Totally recommend to visit his observatory. The host is very kind and enjoys...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

As a family of five including 5 year old twins we found Peter a wonderful host, dealing with all the questions and helping the young ones to get the most out of their telescope time. For a couple of hours we got an inkling of...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018

A great night out! Went with some mates and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Host Peter is super knowledgeable and very excited about the night sky. We say Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Neptune through the telescope and some really beautiful and mind blowing star clusters....More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Very good communication. Easy to find on google maps. Very detailed and informative. Host was very knowledgable and catered to our 4 and 6 year old. Suitable for all ages. Maybe a little more guidance around a suitable donation would be helpful. I feel my...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

It was a privilege and a joy to spend time with Peter, his telescopes and his photographs. His enthusiasm for astronomy is infectious and his knowledge very deep. We learned sp much, and our minds were completely stunned by his pictures. I would recommend this...More

Thank DorsetAndrew
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This is well worth your time and money! Peter was so enthusiastic and passionate about astronomy and gave us such an amazing experience! I would recommend this to everybody. It it so much better and more valuable than paying big $$ to go to a...More

Thank EmilyW3174
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

We were very fortunate to visit the observatory on a perfectly clear night and to have Peter to just the two of us. This was a long term highlight for us. What we saw was simply amazing and Peter’s knowledge and obvious pleasure in sharing...More

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16 October 2018|
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Response from Peter A | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry - yes I am open every evening - please email me and I will advise further Regards, Peter