Observatorio Astronómico de Temisas

Observatorio Astronómico de Temisas

Observatorio Astronómico de Temisas
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The Canaries are one of the three best locations in the World for stargazing. This observatory is just 35 minutes from Maspalomas, and offers a family-friendly 2 hour tour , including an introduction to astronomy and telescopes, a laser-guided observation of Southern constellations, and actual observation of planets, nebulae and star clusters with the main instruments at our dome.
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Myllarguten
48 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
You can meet up with no previous knowledge, they start from scratch and quickly bring you up to speed within half an hour introduction. Then outside, learning while showing in the night sky with laser pointer. Finally the looking through the telescope (?) on the objects previously
discussed and learned about. Finalized with some amazing close up of moon crater just for those great cell phone shots as well trough the lens.

You will need your own transportation, we used rental car, no problems finding the place with GPS. Remember warm clothes, you will be outside for a bit. They lended blankets to those who was cold.

The host was extremely good presenting and teaching. I brought my girlfriend, and I had to force here to join me 😄 but she found it very interesting! Much because of David Gonzales, and his ability to explain the difficult stuff at the easiest way.

It's few places, book WELL in advance! We were so lucky that someone else cancelled, as it was sold out 4 weeks ahead. Check two times daily to get hold of those cancellation if you (also) are late with ordering.
Written March 21, 2019
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Tony P
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Jul 2018 • Family
What a great night , different to the normal holiday sightseeing, learn so much about the stars we take for granted, small group and very personal
Written July 17, 2018
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Magdalena Z
Lustenau, Austria174 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Interesting tour for anyone who wants to know a bit more about the sky observation. It’s also suitable for children but I would say not younger than 7-8 years. My son is 8 and he enjoyed the experience although couldn’t understand all of the things there were explained. When you come to the Observatorium you need to first wait at the entry gate at the main road. Exactly half an hour before the scheduled tour came the guide, Steffi. She checked the tickets and opened the gate to let us drive to the parking. From the parking we were brought with the van in groups of 8 to the starting point of the tour. First 20 minutes were given to introduction of the Observatorium. Next we walked between the buildings containing telescopes and listened to the explanation about their functions. One of the buildings was converted in the small auditorium and there we watched a short movie and then presentation about universe. Interesting and also entertaining. After that we could look at the sun through two small outside situated telescopes. On the end of the tour we were let inside the building containing the night telescope and Steffi explained how it works. The tour was in German and our guide Steffi was very lovely and very informative. Assisting her was a trained Spanish astronomy guide who didn’t speak German but if any of us had more specific questions then Steffi translated for us his answers.
After the last part we had an option of either walking (5min) to the parking or driving there with the van.
It’s worth to mention that from the Observatorium is a perfect view of the El Teide and generally amazing vistas in every direction. I would drive there just for the photo opportunity alone.
Written November 3, 2018
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Hello. Your review belongs to Izaña Observatory in Tenerife, but it has been posted on Temisas Observatory in Gran Canaria. Thanks.
Written January 9, 2019
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samantha00
Kent, UK47 contributions
Aug 2019
Booked weeks in advance (we always go to an observatory when we are on holiday) and hired a car as it's at the top of a mountain and no bus to get there. We received an email on the day of the trip, at 5 pm to inform us that there is going to be "sustained winds over 60 km/h according to the forecast" We checked on the Beaufont scale to see what that meant and it said "gales". The email said because of the weather the dome part of the programme may have to be cancelled. My husband and I talked things through and whether it was worth the risk driving up a mountain with hairpin bends (which someone on here wrote), and trying to drive in gale force winds in the dark with my children in the back, and for the possibility the dome part (Which is the part we enjoy the most) being cancelled. The answer was "No, it wasn't worth the risk!". We were all so upset as we were looking forward to the trip. I emailed them to let them know we had to cancel because of the weather and the safety of our children and was taken back with the observatories reply!. There would be no refund or partial refund because according to them we just wanted to "stay in the comfort of our hotel"!! rather than drive up a hairpin mountain road in a gale, and in the dark! Yes, that's why we booked the trip weeks ago and hired a car just for this trip! Disgusting way to treat your paying guests!! (We lost 112 euros)
Written August 24, 2019
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We have welcomed 4.400 visitors only during last year, and consider ourselves professionals on this matter. If your safety were not assured, we would have cancelled the session and refunded all money automatically. We just asked visitors, including yourselves, to wear warm clothing as high winds were a possibility that night. In that case, one of the three parts of the experience (the observation from the dome) could have been replaced with another kind of observation or an alternative content, as stated in our terms of service. That's the only fact. In our opinion, the rest is just a dramatic interpretation of this fact. You were informed on the forecast, the alternatives, our cancellations terms, and a special compensation including free seats for another session. But you decided to reject all this while demanding a refund just two hours before the session. We found that unfair. We are sorry but we run out of options. As a matter of fact, that night 's session was held with no change at the end. It was windy but families were prepared, so our session went alright as usual.
Written September 2, 2019
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SussexChap1
West Sussex, UK144 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked on line to attend the "English evening" on a Monday night.
This was a short presentation followed by a period of outdoor stargazing and some time looking through the telescope. The whole evening was fascinating and we learned a lot from the guide who was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
Thoroughly recommend this - allow a couple of hours at the venue and warp up warm - it gets cold at night.
When you book it says you can park at the top of the track by the gates - everyone tries to do this and there is not that much room so trying to turn around is tricky - better to leave your car lower down the track and allow 10 minutes or so to walk up. You will need stout shoes and a good torch but it is the preferable option.
Written February 18, 2020
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Kyle and Ven
Canada216 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We took our two young daughters here and it was great! David is a great host, informative, funny and loves what he does. All the people who do these nights are volunteers and all of the funds go to equipment and other things for this education center. I was able to see a star cluster and a nebula! It was so cool. Definitely recommend.
Written December 30, 2019
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LAW7710
London, UK30 contributions
Oct 2019
My experience of Observatory is that I booked, using the proper process, one month before my visit. The instruction I was sent by email told me the tour would commence 22:00 and I should arrive 5 minutes before the start. When I arrived at 21:50 for my tour I was told that the tour had already started at 20:00 and was now almost completed. There was no apology at the time - there was just a man shouting this message at me and my 70-year-old father through the locked gate in the dark. I complained later by email and Alicia did then apologise by email and acknowledge that she made a mistake.
Written October 28, 2019
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ian m
Swindon, UK21 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We are a family with older inquisitive teenages. This was perfect. Everything was very clearly explained by the host David. There was a partial moon eclipse and after a short classroom session David used a laser to point out different objects on the sky etc. We then used the big telescope to view Saturn, Jupiter and the moon. The only downside was another customer who liked the sound of his own voice and repeatedly challenged David the host. Same selfish chap also wanted to look at things that we not part of the session and was therefore disruptive and disrespectful. I give this 5 stars for David, his enthusiasm and his delivery of the information. Well worth a visit.
Written July 18, 2019
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Victoriaeee
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Feb 2019 • Family
This was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. The guide was very knowledgeable and suppo nice and helpful, he happily answered all of our questions. The sky was magnificent and it was absolutely astonishing to look through the telescope and the sky, and especially the craters of the moon! This is a must-visit for anyone coming to Gran Canaria!!
Written February 22, 2019
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Lee W
London, UK51 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
I am so glad I booked this - what an experience! David, our guide, was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The facility is at the top of a mountain - the drive up made me a little nervous, but well worth the thrill. A free bus service is available on certain nights..if you don’t like steep winding mountain roads, this might be a better option.
The presentation was informative, followed by a laser guide of the constellations outside, then up into the dome itself. We saw the Orion Nebula which was just breathtaking, the moon at different magnifications and different star clusters. Because of the near full moon, some features were obscured by the incredibly bright moonlight. However to be standing on the top of the mountain in such bright moonlight with like-minded stargazers was special in itself.
Definitely a highlight of our holiday, and would go again to coincide with a new moon to be able to see even more. Could have stayed all night - it was fascinating. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough!
Written December 20, 2018
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