Wellington Astronomical Society

Wellington Astronomical Society

Pauatahanui Observatory

The telescope at Pauatahanui has now been moved to Tawa College. The rest of the Obervatory will be moved in the near future, and this page will then be updated with details.

The telescope is in use at the new site, and details are contained on the Meetings page.

The Wellington Astronomical Society operates an observatory on a farm at Pauatahanui with kind permission of the landowners. We have a Meade LX 200 12 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope on a Meade Ultrawedge. Power can be from the battery power pack in the observatory, fine for visual observing, or by extension cable from the shearing shed, recommended if running multiple powered devices. The telescope has GO-TO ability and is capable of being used for astrophotography.

Star parties are held monthly or at alternative times due to weather or other observing needs, usually timed to coincide with minimal moon interference. For sessions outside these times please contact Chris Monigatti. Once trained you are welcome to use the telescope. Pauatahanui is a working farm so ensure that the gates are closed after entering and leaving. Toilets are available in the shearing shed. Dress warmly and ensure people know when you are observing and when you are expected to return.

Manual on how to operate the Meade telescope:
Manual for the SBIG ST-7E Camera:
Software to operate the camera and autoguide the telescope:
Manual for CDDOPS Software:

The observatory and Telescope

contact Chris Monigatti for more info.




Chris Monigatti for more info.


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