The Paul Gauguin cruise ship is equipped with two large reflecting telescopes (Orion 10 and 12). Add to that a knowledgable crew (with iPod apps if needed) with lots of experience and we have the makings of a great star party.
Here are some pictures of the night sky as we saw it. About an hour or two or three after sunset... click on the images for a better view. The most frequent item sought in the southern sky was the Southern Cross or Crux. It is easy to find as seen in the following images.
|Southern Sky as seen in Tahiti (30 second exposure Sony NEX 5N)|
|Finding the Southern Cross|