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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2018, 01:41:44 AM »
Been to both and I would sugggest that you make the decision on the time of year you are going, which brings in which part of Aus. TNQ+NT tend to have Wet and Dry seasons - wet = cloud. NZ weather seems to be temperate and has the classic 4 seasons.

What is the intention other then astronomy when there? If driving city to city then NZ owing to the smaller size, if just one place or area then Aus. Just be aware that Brisbane Qld capital) and Cairns in Qld are a 1.5 hour flight apart. Distances are US style.

I would pick on what the possibilities are other then astronomy and observing as it appears that you have the chance to go and would like to fit in a decent amount of observing at the same time. Work on the basis that you should get clear weather 2/3 of the nights so observing - if you have the equipment - should not be a great problem.

Myself I would go for Aus. But that is for non-astro reasons - cities, driving, landscape, I like them.

If the idea is sort of visit Brisbane, visit Cairns then expect flights or get the train. Basically city to city means a flight and that takes out more or less a day.

My weather at either was "not great". In NZ north of Auckland it was the only place I have ever had to stop and pull over owing to the sheer qualtity of rainthat descended. In Aus I was in Cairns Qld in '95 which was the wettest August (dry season) in record. I will never forget the radio announcement:

"Today is August 14th, and we have just equalled the rainfall for the wettest August on record, and we still have 17 days to go."

And yes it rained for the next 17 days. Made some of the "dry" waterfalls spectacular however.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2018, 06:17:55 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.

You have probably made the right choice if you don't have a lot of vacation time up your sleeve. Weather-wise, most of the observing sites you'd be likely to visit in NZ are pretty hit-and-miss much of the time.

Enjoy your Southern Sky sightseeing!

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2018, 12:38:30 PM »
I have an Uncle and several friends who go to OzSky every couple years. Seeing the pics they bring back and the stories they tell makes me drool with envy. Having never seen the southern sky beyond -25 DEC, I'd welcome the help and tours to seeing some of their wonderful jewels down there.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2018, 02:29:02 PM »
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I have an Uncle and several friends who go to OzSky every couple years. Seeing the pics they bring back and the stories they tell makes me drool with envy. Having never seen the southern sky beyond -25 DEC, I'd welcome the help and tours to seeing some of their wonderful jewels down there.

Right now I plan to contact these guys and a couple others.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2018, 05:06:51 PM »
Sure.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2018, 05:47:56 PM »
Looks like maybe, just maybe, I can swing a whole extra week of vacation. If I can rebudget to include more travel is New Zealand worth visiting for such a short time or am I better to just get in more nights in Australia? If it is feasible where is the best place in New Zealand to be for observing? This time round I am willing to skip the terrestrial scenery in favor of the sky. Maybe some other day I'll have time and money for a normal vacation in New Zealand.

Thanks again all.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2018, 09:11:56 AM »
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Looks like maybe, just maybe, I can swing a whole extra week of vacation. If I can rebudget to include more travel is New Zealand worth visiting for such a short time or am I better to just get in more nights in Australia? If it is feasible where is the best place in New Zealand to be for observing? This time round I am willing to skip the terrestrial scenery in favor of the sky. Maybe some other day I'll have time and money for a normal vacation in New Zealand.

Thanks again all.

In my opinion you should focus on completing any observing bucket list you may have while you're in Australia, then just see what you can see while you're in NZ. Australia has locations guaranteed to give you a good percentage of clear skies, whereas the same can't be said of anywhere you're likely to observe from in NZ.*

Have a great time wherever you go.

*There are one or two reliably clear dark sky sites in NZ, but they aren't easily accessible.

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Re: Australia or New Zealand for an observing vacation?
« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2018, 11:02:27 AM »
I always prefer new zeland.