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About Astronomy Israel
Thanks for your interest in my star tours. My tours last about two hours, usually starting at 9:30pm or sometimes 6:00pm/6:30pm in the winter. The first half we do naked eye observing of the sky, identifying constellations, learning star lore, understanding how the sky works; the second half we go to the telescopes to view the best sights of the night. I set up my "portable observatory" in the desert behind Mitzpe Ramon, meet people at their hotels and guide them up to my observing location. We provide chairs and blankets for everyone, and No, no walking is required. The planets and stars are too far away! We let our eyes do the walking. I can usually take people in my own car up to my observing location. But if my car is full I may ask you to follow me in yours the short distance to my observing location (about 3 kilometers) behind town. No four-wheel drive needed.
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Avital F wrote a review Feb 2022
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The guide is very informative, very friendly and adjusting according to the crowd. There were chairs, mattresses and telescopes (with layers for the kids) waiting for us as we got there.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Hadas F wrote a review Feb 2022
Ramat Gan, Israel98 contributions43 helpful votes
Loved it. We were sitting on chairs in the middle of the desert, pitch black night, hearing all about the stars. We then viewed the stars that we learned about in telescopes. Nadav was very knowledgeable and loved teaching about it.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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TheTzvi wrote a review Dec 2021
Israel59 contributions53 helpful votes
Ira M. and his partner Ziv created an interactive, informative, and fun tour of the cosmos from deep in the crater. They are great to work with and it was mesmerizing.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from 355iram, Owner at Astronomy Israel
Responded Dec 2, 2021
Thank you for joining us. Keep on looking up! /Ira
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Harold B wrote a review Aug 2021
Jerusalem, Israel28 contributions4 helpful votes
Ira Machevsky, the starman of Mitzpe Ramon, explained the heavens to us so well. He has a wealth of knowledge that he transmitted to us with such ease and with so much enthusiasm, that it was a pleasure listening to him. We went when the moon was two thirds full which increases the amount of light in the sky and therefore makes it harder to see the stars. I would recommend booking a time where the moon is dark; this can be found on his website. I would gladly do this tour of the skies again with him.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from 355iram, Owner at Astronomy Israel
Responded Aug 26, 2021
Thank you for joining us! Keep on looking up!!
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Reuven Lerner wrote a review Mar 2021
Modiin, Israel82 contributions101 helpful votes
This was a high point (no pun intended) of our visit to Mitspe Ramon. Ziv was an excellent guide, not only helping us to see (with the naked eye and a telescope) the stars, planets, and the moon, but also to understand why we were seeing what we did. It couldn't have been more fun and interesting. A small note: As promised (warned), it was rather cold at night. So be sure to bundle up before going! But don't hesitate; this was a fantastic experience.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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