Founded in 1919, the New Plymouth Astronomical Society are a group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and ages, with a common interest in viewing the sky at night and discussing the wonders of our universe. We have a small yet focused group who operate a Public night every Tuesday from 7.30 pm during winter and 8.30 pm during summer at the New Plymouth Observatory, on Marsland Hill. If the sky is clear, we observe planets, moons, stars, if cloudy we run presentations and discussions on aspects of astronomy and items in the news. These sessions generally run for 1.5 hours.
The observatory can be opened on other evenings by prior arrangement, and details on this can be found here … https://www.facebook.com/notes/new-plymouth-astronomical-society/advice-to-organisers-of-groups-and-parties-visiting-the-observatory/936518579768345/
If you have seen the observatory on Marsland Hill, you will note a large dome dominates the building. This houses a large, working, historic refractive telescope, originally built in 1880, permanently mounted inside. We also have modern reflecting telescopes, including the 25 cm mirror based telescope frequently used for public nights.
In addition, a team of smaller telescopes is available for short-term loan to groups
We also operate a versatile computer projector for presentations of all sorts related to astronomy.