Hi. I’m Paul and I will be your guide on a Naseby night sky tour. Originally from England, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003, settling down in Mosgiel, near Dunedin. My interest in astronomy began with the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, when I was only 5½ years old! I still recall now, the old black and white TV in the school hall beaming out the transmission from the moon landing. My first telescope followed a few years after that and even my education turned skyward as I pursued my interest by studying astrophysics at Queen Mary College, London University.
Since obtaining my degree, my interest in astronomy has mostly been confined to studying books rather than anything practical. It wasn’t until my move to New Zealand that my observational astronomy picked up again. With the wonderful southern skies, I had to get out and explore all those new objects and constellations. There’s so much more going on in the southern skies - there’s never a shortage of interesting objects to look at.
When I read that Naseby was seeking Dark Sky Accreditation, I contemplated the idea of starting up a night sky tour business. The result was what you see before you now – Naseby Night Sky Tours. So, I welcome you to join me and marvel at some of the wonders of our universe.
Dependent upon sky access, tours are held at the Naseby Holiday Park or a location nearby where observing equipment will already be set up. Transportation to either location can be provided (small fee applies). The Ritchey–Chrétien telescope (or simply RC) is one of the instruments of choice due to its flat field of view, meaning that objects remain sharp right to the edge of the field of view. The RC design has been incorporated into such instruments as the Hubble Space Telescope.
Newtonian telescopes are also used. All instruments incorporate 200mm diameter mirrors.