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“Jupiter’s moons!”
Review of Good Heavens

Good Heavens
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Tryphena
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dark Sky Experiences on Great Barrier Island, one of only three IDA Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world. Be guided by a Dark Sky Ambassador through our stunning dark sky on Medlands beach, at Claris Airport or have a private tour at your accommodation.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful experience, loved seeing planet Jupiter with the lines across and the 4 little moons all lined up, an amazing sight! The bonus was the hot chocolate drink and chocolate brownie! Thank you Ola, excellent night out.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good Heavens is a great company providing star gazing tours for everyone. Deborah was very knowledgeable, personable and a great host/guide. The 120x and 150x telescope provided us views of the newest (around 10,000 years old) and oldest (around 11-13 billion year old) stars visible with that kind of telescope. A highlight was seeing 4 moons around Jupiter. Also fabulous were the explanations of constellations, close-ups of the moon and locating the South using the Southern Cross. A definite recommendation for anyone interested in the wider universe.

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your fabulous feedback Jasmijn!
I'm so pleased that you both enjoyed getting up close to a great range of stars, our moon Jupiter and it's moons with our telescope. And I was delighted to hear you enjoyed how stunning our dark sky is once the moon has set too!!
Look out for the IDA dark places on your return to Europe for future nights looking up and getting lost in the stars and planets.
Deborah

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So delighted we had the opportunity to have this experience with Deborah during our weekend trip back to the island. Its a feast for the eyes; some learnings and reminders about the constellations we look up to.. and time to ponder ..what more is there to see...fun and relaxed environment - a warming hot chocolate and brownie keeps you going. Deborah was knowledgeable and a great storyteller..and the planet at the end of the night..a real 'pinch me' moment...priceless. Thanks so much for refreshing my curiousity in our skies.

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your brilliant feedback! It was my pleasure to guide you through our dark starry sky.
I hope that with your renewed interest you will have many more nights looking up and getting lost in the night sky!
Deborah

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I bought the private viewing experience for 4 people as a 60th birthday present for a friend. He is very knowledgeable about the skies and he enjoyed the experience.

Hilde and Deborah were so enthusiastic about everything and tried very hard to show us as many interesting sky objects as they could despite there being some cloud about.

The beanbags, blankets, hot chocolate and brownies add a little bit of luxury and pampering to the experience.

Afterwards we were sent an email detailing what we had seen and providing links for further information. I take my hat off to the dark sky ambassadors and wish them every success with this venture.

It is definitely worth doing and something a bit different from the fishing / sailing / diving type activities normally to be found on the islands.

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback :-) It was a real pleasure to guide you through our dark starry sky and we're so pleased that we were able to target the tour for both the beginner and experienced stargazer and create a fantastic evening for all of you!
Wishing you more fantastic nights in the future on the seas and looking up and getting lost in the stars.
Deborah and Hilde

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the interesting presentation by Debbie which was informative about the stars and the constellations in the night sky. The viewing through binoculars and the telescope was brilliant, and the Milky Way was astoundingly clear with its myriads of stars in the dark, clear sky. We highly recommend you do the Good Heavens sky tour.

Thank NicknLot
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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am so delighted that you both enjoyed your Dark Sky Experience so much :-) It was a real pleasure to be your tour guide for the evening.
And I love the stunning photo that you took Nick! Wow! Thank you!
Deborah

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