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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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db7920 wrote a review Dec 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia37 contributions6 helpful votes
Ira and Zeev were so enthusiastic about the sky and what we were seeing. It coincided with the rare convergence of Saturn and Jupiter so we spent a lot of time on this once in a lifetime event. Then we looked at different constellations and planets. They were very generous with their time. It is definitely a worthwhile evening event if you are in Mitzpe Ramon. I would do it again, but pick a night with less moon in the sky.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jonny K. wrote a review Nov 2020
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I have been living in Israel for 45 years and on Nov.12, 2020 i met Ira the starman from Mitzpe Ramon with my children and grandkids a total of 12 of us and it was one of our most phenominal nights of our lives spent together. Ira and his partner Ziv opened up a new world of adventure in the solar system and beyond.From their organization of chairs to their telescopes we began a night that no one will forget.Even the grandkids were fascinated,. Ira and Ziv had patience for all.Without a doubt its a must !! Thank you for opening up our horizons and beyond. Jonny Kuritsky Shavei Zion.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Yuval K wrote a review Aug 2020
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The night sky now makes sense . I know why the North Star is always in the north and how to find it. I know much more about the moon and constellations. And thanks to the way it was so clearly and pleasantly explained me and my kids will be taking this with us for the rest of our lives.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from 355iram, Owner at Astronomy Israel
Responded Aug 26, 2020
Thank you for joining us on our night sky excursion! Keep on lookin' up! /Ira Machefsky, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon 🌠
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Rachel Y wrote a review Jun 2020
London, England, United Kingdom1 contribution
Absolutely Amazing! Ira knows so much and is so passionate. Was a blind blowing inspiring experience!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from 355iram, Owner at Astronomy Israel
Responded Jun 30, 2020
Thank you for joining us! /Ira Machefsky
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Corinneandco wrote a review Dec 2019
Huntington Woods, Michigan39 contributions24 helpful votes
Ira and Ziv were amazing! Ira picked us up at the hotel, and stayed outside in the cold an extra hour so we could see the moon rising! We forgot to ask at the end of the tour to see the cooled meteor rocks, so we have to come back! My daughter and I found it more comfortable to lay on the ground to star gaze, and even though Ira had plenty of blanket to cushion the ground, I am bringing a yoga mat next time. It is worthwhile to go all the way to Mitspe Ramon JUST to go on Ira's star gazing tour!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel
Responded Dec 22, 2019
Thank you for joining us. Next time Rocks From Space! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨
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