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ceusesugua

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2018, 07:46:11 AM »
As you say, it's mostly an astro voyage. That's why I'm so high on Ozsky. They provide the telescopes, dark sky and a place to stay and eat. What more do you need. During the day there are a lot of interesting things to see in the area. Again the Aussie hosts will guide you.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2018, 06:03:32 AM »
Great Barrier Island to the northeast of Auckland has just been recognized as an international dark sky sanctuary. Here is a link:https://www.stuff.co...k-sky-sanctuary

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2018, 07:54:47 PM »
it is a cheap flight across the ditch too
And we have the dark skies of Lake Tekapo ..

do both
I'd be happy to host you an evening at CAS too if your passing through

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2018, 11:21:52 PM »
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LOL - You guys really aren't helping at all!

.............. This is mostly an astro voyage, not a general tourist kind of deal................

Looking back 13 years to my trip (NZ),
my memories of the country are every bit as positive, and enjoyable, as those of the sky.
For my wife and I this was THE trip of a lifetime.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2018, 01:38:00 AM »
If the sole purpose is astronomy, it's a no-brainer. Australia, with its vast desert, has a much more favorable climate for astronomy than New Zealand, which is basically a temperate-humid climate similar to Northern Europe or the Eastern U.S. Think Australia = New Mexico and New Zealand = New York. If you were visiting the U.S. for astronomy, would you pick New York or New Mexico? The question is ludicrous.

Having said that, New Zealand is full of microclimates, and some of them are reasonably dry and uncloudy. (Others are exceedingly wet!) And the best parts of Australia for astronomy are a pretty long trip from Sydney, which is almost certainly where your international flight will dump you.

As for other aspects of the trip, they're both pretty interesting places, well worth visiting in their own right. New Zealand packs a startling variety of spectacular scenery into a very small, easily traveled area. Think of it as a combination of Alaska, Hawaii, and England, all within a few hours travel. Getting around Australia, by contrast, takes forever. You are, after all, comparing a small country to an (admittedly small) continent.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2018, 11:20:40 PM »
Coonabarabran is 250 miles NW of Sydney. It's a day's travel whether by train or car. It's well worth the trip.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2018, 12:25:43 AM »
OzSky Spring Safari is on in ten days time..... you better be getting packed by now......

Don, sounds like you should be heading down this way too.
By the way, there is a reason why half of all New Zealanders now live in Australia.....

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2018, 01:04:47 AM »
I grew up in the South Island of NZ, and the skies of Central Otago and inland Canterbury are as good as anywhere I've been. Those regions are fairly dry, and shielded from much of the cloud and rain by the Southern Alps mountain range. You'll still probably have more clear days in the Australian desert, but as folks have pointed out, it's much easier to get around NZ, and there's no shortage of places to explore when you're not stargazing.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2018, 01:24:33 AM »
I'm sure NZ is a beautiful place to visit. But for an observing trip, it can't compare to the conveniences that Ozsky provides. They have two or more events every year.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 07:29:37 AM »
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By the way, there is a reason why half of all New Zealanders now live in Australia.....

Raising the IQ of both countries!

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2018, 12:39:16 PM »
Thanks to all for your input. The few days available have decided me on the more reliable weather of Australia but I'll visit New Zealand some other day as time and funds permit.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2018, 12:36:52 PM »
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Great Barrier Island to the northeast of Auckland has just been recognized as an international dark sky sanctuary. Here is a link:https://www.stuff.co...k-sky-sanctuary

Nice but what's with the orange skyglow near the horizon in these pics? It's visible in shots from some other places too and I always wonder what it is. The fact they are dark sky sanctuaries or whatever would seem to rule out urban light pollution but I can't figure what else it could be. Anyone know?

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2018, 12:38:51 PM »
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By the way, there is a reason why half of all New Zealanders now live in Australia.....

Raising the IQ of both countries!
Having employed about 30 Kiwis until my retirement, that statement is half right..... but the average IQ of Oz certainly did not go up........ Ewe Kiwis sure are a funny lot

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2018, 12:53:44 AM »
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Thanks to all for your input. The few days available have decided me on the more reliable weather of Australia but I'll visit New Zealand some other day as time and funds permit.


If you end up in the Canberra region feel free to send me a PM, always happy to take the 18" and the TEC Mak to a dark location..

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