Telescope 101

Got a telescope but have no idea how to use it? This introductory course will give you the tools and knowledge to get started!

The course supports participants to understand and learn the theory and practicality of using a telescope. Suitable for beginners and novices; those who are thinking of buying a telescope, those who are a bit rusty and want to get back into it; those who have never learned the finer details.

Night sky viewing weather and light permitting.


Programme covers:

  • basics of telescope
  • setting it up to use
  • eyepieces and attachments
  • mounts and collimation
  • intro to astrophotography

Space Place | Mondays 24th February, 2nd, 9th 16th March | 7PM – 9PM | $150 for the entire course | Bookings essential 

Telescope 101

Tired of tripping over your telescope? Don’t toss it, double down and really learn how to use it. This course is suitable for beginners and novices, teaching the finer details of how to use and maintain a telescope so it can finally bring you joy.

Space Place/ Mondays in August: 5, 12, 19, 26 and Monday September 2/ 6PM-8PM/$150

Valentine’s Day at Space Place: Aphrodite’s Delight

Do they fly you to the moon? Give your special someone the star treatment this Valentine’s Day with a fanciful flight through the Milky Way as we cover some of the greatest romance stories of the ancient celestial past. Our Aphrodite’s Delight package for two includes admission to Space Place, a special live planetarium show about famous mythological romances, telescope viewing (weather dependent) and delicious sweet treats for two.
It’s the perfect pre or post-dinner entertainment.


4:30PM (Alcohol-free package at $70 per couple)

6PM, 7:30PM & 9PM /  $95 per couple. 


Astronomy on Tap : Matariki and traditional navigation

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month for our new series of talks ‘Astronomy on Tap’ at Space Place.

These monthly planetary experiences are perfect for anyone wanting a bit more explanation. These presenter led-evenings will teach you more about the planets, stars and constellations visible in our Southern night sky in an extended live full dome show. After a quick intermission to refresh your glass and grab some nibbles, the second half of the night will feature a more topical and focussed discussion and, if time permits a Q and A. Tweet us your questions @spaceplacenz

We start the series on 5 June with a talk on Matariki and traditional navigation.



Telescope 101

Got a telescope but have no idea how to use it?

This introductory session will give you the tools and knowledge to get started!

We will be looking at different telescopes (reflective and refractive), types of lenses, how telescopes differ and what objects in the sky are best to look at. The evening includes an introductory session at Space Place with Wellington Astronomical Society and a hands-on workshop in the Wellington Botanic Garden.

If you buy a telescope from Space Place between 1 November 2016 and 3 February 2017, you’ll receive a 50% discount on the ticket price.

There are limited spaces available, so get in quickly!

Rain date is Friday 10th of February – participants must be available for both dates and be aged 16 years or over.