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Astronomy Israel

198 reviews
Mitspe Ramon, Israel
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A unique experience near the crater in Mitzpe Ramon. We had a beautiful night with no clouds so the sky was lit up with stars. Ira and Zeke were so knowledgeable and passionate about the night sky and this made for a wonderful time.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us under the starry skies of Mitzpe Ramon! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well worth the effort! We knew only to meet at a venue at 9.30pm. We arrived at the end of a dusty lane and stopped. Was it the correct location? After a fee minutes a car approached and stopped, the guy in the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We all loved it— ages from 75 down to 9. We all learned a lot and marveled at the beautiful sky. Ira and Ziv were excellent teachers.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the experience. Keep on lookin’ up! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful and unique experience with an unique man. Ira is very knowledgeable and interactive. Viewing the night sky both with the naked eye and through telescopes was a magical experience the highlight of which was seeing the "moon rise" over the edge of the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Louis S
Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us to help make the magic happen. Keep on Lookin’ Up! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ira gives a great explanation of the night sky over mitzpe Ramon. His directions and expectations are clearly set.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us and glad you enjoyed the experience. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed June 10, 2019

The clear air makes this one of the most spectacular venues for star gazing. Ira matches his in depth knowledge of the heavens with his colorful approach; he certainly has a passion for his vocation. You will learn a lot about the place of our...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2019
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Thank you for joining us under our sparkling skies.

Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

The night was clear and magical. Ira was great and he can take a few people in his car if you arrange it in advance. He met us at the Hotel Beresheet and we rode with home, but he had 3 cars following him to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2019

Thank you for joining us for the magic! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

A really fun couple of hours with Ira and his friend Zev. The first hour was spent observing the night sky with the naked eye and the second hour involved using the telescopes. In our visit we saw both Jupiter and Saturn as they rose...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2019

Thank you for joining us for the fun! We had fun, too! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

Excellent experience. We now have a whole new relationship with the stars and the heavens. Thanks IRA.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Ira M, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2019

Thank you for joining us under our starry skies! /Ira

Reviewed May 11, 2019

We went with children from age 7-14 and everyone loved it. Ira is funny and engaging. Definitely recommend. It was cold, but the provided blankets were great.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Ira M, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2019

Thank you for joining us under the frosty but blanketed skies of Mitzpe Ramon! /Ira

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June 16, 2018|
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he has it every night. just contact him and book it
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Barbara I
March 28, 2018|
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It is very unlikely you would get to Beresheet to do the 9:30 tour. Plus you would be exhausted. And there’s still a chance of clouds that time of year. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon
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Mindy H
February 22, 2018|
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3 year olds usually fall asleep in the cold and dark. 7 is marginal and depends on their interests in things like space, astraunats, planets, sci-fi, etc. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon
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