Without any aid you can see about 3500 stars at all times (if is not cloudy).
With our telescopes you could see a few hundred million stars.
When looking in a telescope you are not going to see the colourful nebulae or the structural details in galaxies that are like the pictures taken by Hubble or the JWST. Our human eye cannot perceive colour in the faint objects we look at in the telescopes. Plus, our eye is not capable of replicating the long exposure times of photographs.
You will see colour in the planets as they are much closer and brighter. You will also see subtle colours in stars. Gas clouds and galaxies appear as faint smoky smudges.
With visual observing, rather than astrophotography, it is all about the beauty of distant objects and the staggering distances that photons have travelled to reach your eye.
You can bring your own binoculars if you have any, bring your camera if you wish to do astrophotography and we can help with that.
If you wear glasses you can still look through the telescopes. Our eyepieces work well for people with or without glasses.
As we age our pupils do not dilate as much so they become less effective at night. This means that you will have a harder time seeing very faint objects in the eyepiece. It’s not a big problem though as there are so many objects to look at.
The benefit of using big telescopes like ours is that objects will be brighter as our telescopes collect significantly more light than portable telescopes.
Stargazing is an outdoor night time activity and it can get very cold. While we have blankets and hot chocolate to keep you warm, to be really enjoyable, you must dress appropriately.
We welcome any age groups.
Planets orbit around the Sun so their position in the sky changes, meaning they are not always visible.
The Full Moon makes it difficult to see faint objects, such as distant galaxies and nebulae.
We do have a special filter that will help you see details on some deep sky objects, more than you would see without it.
At Full Moon, we can see many clusters of stars, planets – if they are visible, and of course, the Moon.
We have an attachment to our telescope so that you can take photos of the Moon with your phone.
Watch this space, we have a very large telescope coming soon.
You can also book a private Star Safari where we can explore the sky in greater details.
If it rains during the session, or even if it just clouds over, we will move inside and explore the universe in our virtual night sky experience.
If you have to cancel for any reason then please let us know as soon as possible. We can accept cancellations with a refund up to 30 mins prior to session start.
We welcome children on Star Safari and enjoy watching their enthusiasm for the night sky and all things to do with space.
Children under the age of four may struggle to see anything in the eyepiece as it is difficult for them to line up their eye with the eyepiece. We have ladders that help with reaching the eyepiece but advise parent of very young children to hold their kids and decide what’s best for viewing themselves.
We certainly like to see parents encouraging their children to have a go at looking in the telescope.
If you have not been here already, among the great places to stay that Wairarapa offers, on Glen Eden is the stunning Whitimanuka Retreat. This is an amazing self contained retreat set amongst rolling hills and native bush and minutes close to Star Safari.
Also, the Venus room is a private suite, in the heritage listed home ‘Glendower’, which is within walking distance from Star Safari.