This was such a great experience! From the moment you arrive at the scene of the sky viewing until you leave - this group has everything set up for an optimal experience! You arrive at a good distance from town, yet only about 20 minutes away, and they have you stay in your car until its time to go to the viewing area (it was cold when I was there so it was great to stay warm a little longer.) They have a list of names to check you in and get you to the right group- very organized. Everything is set up so your eyes are getting more and more adjusted to the dark - the flashlight they use to guide you is covered with a red cone so its very dim, the lighting along the path shines down to the ground, even the light on the port-a-potty is dimmed and red so your eyes can keep getting used to the dark for the best star viewing. You arrive at your grouping of chairs and telescope where blankets are provided. There are even cup holders in the chairs for those that brought warm drinks. Our "guide" Charlie was amazing! So enthusiastic, so knowledgeable...he made sure and showed us a variety of sky phenomena occasionally using the highest power laser pointer I've ever seen to point out things in the sky! We saw the milky way, a nebula, jupiter and moons, twin stars, a satellite, two galaxies that were able to be seen in the telescope eyepiece at the same time - one was edge on, one was face on. Charlie provided binoculars as well so as we waited to take a turn at the telescope we could keep looking at the amazing sky. Sedona makes for incredible night sky views - its very, very dark, the skies are stable, the humidity is low and its in a higher altitude (4000+). Even going a bit out of town on your own and looking up you could see amazing stars, but Evening Sky Tours made it really come alive and gave you the opportunity to see amazing space phenomena that just aren't visible in most cities.
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