Kiwi Observatory was built in 2011 by Peter Aldous with assistance from Heather and Robert McTague.
The roof was originally a split roll on – roll off type, running on skate board wheels, the observatory now has a large dome that slides on the roof to whatever telescope is in use; two permanent telescopes are set up on pier’s.
The observatory was prefabricated and then moved on to the current site once foundations were sorted, the observatory sits now replacing the old garden shed and two large trees.
A 11 inch SCT telescope on EQ8 mount sits on a Pier Tech hydraulic mount, the 12 inch Truss Newtonian sits on a Skywatcher EQ8 mount, both scopes are used for visual and imaging.
For outreach we use a SW Mak 180,, Maksutov on a NEQ6 AZGT equatorial mount, 80mm APO on a portable computerised mount, and several dobsonian telescopes.
Kiwi Observatory is operated by Heather, and Robert McTague, with assistance from Matthew McTague
and Julez Murray.