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Canterbury Astronomical Society Public Open Nights 2020 - TWILIGHT SPECIAL

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RF Joyce Observatory

Canterbury Astronomical Society

218 Bells Road

West Melton, Canterbury 7671

New Zealand

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Join us for an evening under the stars as you and your family discover the wonders of the Southern night sky with our skilled amateur astron

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Join us for an evening under the stars as you discover the wonders of the Southern night sky with our skilled amateur astronomers.

This series of special twilight events run later than our normal program and more suited to adults and older children due to the late start.

See our closest neighbor's in our solar system, no one will ever forget their first views of Jupiter or Saturn!  Maybe take a closer look at our amazing Moon and discover its secrets or learn about our constellations, closest stars, our galactic core and the beautiful nebula in our amazing universe. Mars makes a special appearance this spring too - which is a must not miss!

It's fun, amazingly educational and an evening that promises to be, well and truly, out of this world!

So get ready for blast off as we have some great things to keep you entertained and informed this year.

Tickets for our Open Nights always sell out fast - book early to avoid disappointment

The Canterbury Astronomical Society observatory has 3 fixed telescopes (12", 14" and a 16") and an assortment of portable telescopes, which will be open during our public open night program for 2020.

Your night sky tours starts with a welcome talk followed by a guided sky tour and telescope viewing. Gate opens sharp at the advertised time - no early admission sorry.

Opening are always dependent on the weather, so please check our website www.cas.org.nz before heading out to the observatory. We will post a status update before 6:00pm confirming whether we are open or not on our website.

Further information of our outreach public open nights can be found on our website www.cas.org.nz

Please note that we cannot accept gate entry to sold out events. However, you may wish to consider membership, which allows you unlimited access during the year. 

Tours suitable for all ages but due to the late start they are not suitable for younger children.

Kids under15 must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure you wrap up warm - grab those extra socks and come along to the observatory for a night of fun.

Unfortunately weather can effect viewing. In the event that we are closed due to weather, you will be issued a  refund and given the opportunity to re-book on-line.  We intend to operate from entry into COVID-19 Level 1 restrictions until start of daylight savings at the end of September. 

Important Information regards COVID-19 and observatory operations:

We understand people may be nervous about attending public events and we wish to reassure our visitors we are taking this very seriously. Bookings are subject to government COVID-19 restrictions and may change at short notice - CAS reserves the right to cancel/amend bookings to respond to the changing situation around COVID-19.

We will be taking extra precautions during our operations including limiting attendance numbers, improved hygiene at the observatory and restricting numbers at each telescope to improve social distancing.   We are actively supporting contact tracing via our ticketing system and all events are by prior ticket only. 

We ask that you do not intend if you or any member of your household is ill - If you are not able to attend, you can request a refund up to 24 hours before the event starts, but refunds are not available after this time, unless the event has been cancelled by weather.

If you need to contact us after you have purchased tickets, please use the contact organiser link in the email that contained your ticket information.

Please Note:

White lights are strictly prohibited at the observatory during operations, we ask that you do not use torches or mobile phones while visiting as they destroy our night vision - we use red lights only - head torches set on red are acceptable - and no bright flashy LED shoes please :)

Parking on the roadside verges is available at the observatory - please park considerately.

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RF Joyce Observatory

Canterbury Astronomical Society

218 Bells Road

West Melton, Canterbury 7671

New Zealand

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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