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Roberto Betancourt

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Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« on: December 24, 2017, 07:45:13 PM »
Wish I had the time and funds to visit both but I don't, so your remarks are welcome.



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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 02:23:04 PM »
def NZ

we have some of the best skies in the southern hemisphere.

South Island and come when in our autumn or winter when the nights are long and dark ..

We get some icy nights and the skies are just amazing

When your not observing theres loads to see and do

Great friendly tourist destination too

We have the amazing Mount John observatory too at Tekapo

Observing at night and ski/hotpools during the day
​Can't be beat
​get booking - I can help if you need some contacts

Cheers

Simon

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 06:09:28 PM »
I'd choose NZ for the scenery in the daytime and stargaze all night. Sleep on the plane home.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 04:39:34 AM »
NZ is farther south, easier to get around in (being small), and lacks any venomous animals. I imagine the interior of Australia might be more predictably clear, but parts of the South Island are pretty dry and clear too.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 03:08:32 PM »
Yep, NZ all the way

Not to disrespect Australia, but it is soooo large to get around in !

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 05:09:22 PM »
As much as I'd love to visit New Zealand, I have visited Australia twice to observe the Southern Skies. Just get in touch with these people:

https://www.facebook...05663&pnref=lhc

Both times I spent a week in a dark site observing the Southern Skies with scopes up to 30" provided by the Aussies and then a week in Sydney seeing the sights. Went once in April and once in October and saw all of the sky.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 06:02:12 PM »
very hard to loose out with either country with those dark southern skies
I went to NZ-wonderful country, wonderful skies, wonderful people
Australia probably just as nice, but different

I judged the choice on how to get around, options of where to stay and observe

wish I lived there,
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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 04:44:28 PM »
Which month has the best chance for clear skies in NZ? Every time I look at it on satellite seems to be covered in clouds coming up from the South Pole. It's on my bucket list, if I was 40 years younger I would probably never leave once there according to my kiwi friends.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 12:18:15 PM »
"The Red Centre" AU for sure. NEVER been under a darker sky. Too bad I wasn't into AP back then.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 04:22:56 PM »
I realized a long time ago that I'm very unlikely to go to every place I'd like to. You're sure to have a great adventure in either country. So, don't worry about what you're missing in the other place and just dive into which ever you pick.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 05:54:47 AM »
Ozsky's web site has better information.

http://www.ozsky.org/

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 07:27:01 AM »
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As much as I'd love to visit New Zealand, I have visited Australia twice to observe the Southern Skies. Just get in touch with these people:

https://www.facebook...05663&pnref=lhc

Both times I spent a week in a dark site observing the Southern Skies with scopes up to 30" provided by the Aussies and then a week in Sydney seeing the sights. Went once in April and once in October and saw all of the sky.

Some people have all the luck...

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 06:03:49 PM »
+1 for NZ. Easier to manage/get around on. Nothing against Ozzieland, mind you. A no-lose proposition, if you ask me...

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 06:07:36 PM »
The biggest plus to the Ozsky option is that they provide the telescopes (up to 30") and will assist you in finding objects. They also provide a place to stay at the observing site. They are just a few miles away from Siding Springs Observatory and the area has strict light pollution regulations.

I studied charts and used computer planetarium programs for months leading up to the trips. But when the sun went down, I was totally disoriented and felt lost. Thankfully the Aussies gave us a guided tour of the best objects to see. I can't recommend them highly enough. Also it's far enough south to see all the way down to the Southern Cross. You don't really gain anything going farther south to NZ.

At least one of our group only stayed for the week of observing and flew right back to the states. No reason you couldn't spend a week in NZ seeing the sights and a week in Oz observing the night sky.

Getting to the observing site (Coonabarabran) is not a problem. You can rent a car in Sydney and drive or you can catch a train to take you about 2/3 of the way and then rent a car for the short hop.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 01:50:24 AM »
LOL - You guys really aren't helping at all!

the consensus seems to be New Zealand but Don goes and posts all that info about the Australian site and I can't make up my mind. Although honestly I am leaning towards Australia. This is mostly an astro voyage, not a general tourist kind of deal. As per my first post, I wish I could afford the time and money to see both places, but I can't.

Seriously, thanks to all for the info and advice, I appreciate it.