Wednesday night between 7 and 9pm when daylight savings is not in effect, the Southland Astronomical Society has Astronomical Viewings at the former Oreti Sands Golf Course, just off of Sandy Point Road (see map). We update our Facebook page regularly to remind people that viewings are on, or to advise of extra viewings. Check out our page at this link HERE.
We use our Meade LX200 mounted on a Losmandy G11-G mount, as well as spotting scopes occasionally, to give people the views of a lifetime. Depending on weather, cloud, and whats going on in the sky, to may be able to see the moon, planets, star clusters, and bright nebulae.
Unfortunately due to Health and Safety concerns, the Observatory has closed. The Southland Astronomical Society is currently investigating options regarding future Observatory locations. Your input is welcomed, please either talk to us at the viewing events, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.