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Gargan Optics Observatory

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I did not see the previous reviews until after I had been to the observatory and was extremely... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2013
Desert Hot Springs, California
Celestial Excellence!

My wife and I were treated to an evening of star/planet/galaxy gazing at Bill Gargan's first-class... read more

Reviewed May 21, 2018
Midlothian, Virginia
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72727 Jack Kramer Ln, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-5909
+1 760-238-4584
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

My wife and I were treated to an evening of star/planet/galaxy gazing at Bill Gargan's first-class observatory. This being a new experience for both of us, we weren't sure what to expect; what we got was an expert narrative of astronomy by a passionate and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Jack Kramer Lane is in a gated residential community in Palm Desert. This community does not allow businesses of any kind to be operated.within its gates. The website link takes you to an observatory in Indio, CA, which is a good half hour's drive away.

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank cricketeers
Reviewed December 4, 2017

Fantastic Mr Gargan - knowledgeable and personal - wonderful experience - a must when you are in Palm Springs Ca

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank cathy725
Reviewed February 19, 2016

Mr G. is a very passionate astronomer. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.. Excellent viewing of stars,nebula & constellations. Very worthwhile.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed December 27, 2015

Just got back from our wonderful evening with Bill Gargan. The telescope and lenses are wonderful, Bill's knowledge is expansive, and his elegantly small observatory is first rate. A must do experience for anyone who thinks they have "seen it all" in the desert.

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank katherine j
Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

On a lovely night in January we traveled to Indio for Gargan Observatory. We loved it! It wasn't cheap but it was worth every penny and time well spent. We enjoyed several hours in an amazing backyard observatory with a passionate stargazer with high tech...More

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank Claudiafee51
Reviewed February 4, 2015

We recently enjoyed a cool and thrilling evening at Bill's observatory, experiencing both a learning and awe inspiring time. Bill is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in astronomy and was able to easily convey that to 2 amateurs. This was really educational. We had Bill's...More

Date of experience: January 2015
5  Thank GDSPB
Reviewed November 14, 2013

I did not see the previous reviews until after I had been to the observatory and was extremely surprised by the low ratings. I did not set up the visit so I have no information on Mr. Gargan's telephone manners but found him to be...More

Date of experience: October 2013
8  Thank DesertIguanas
Reviewed August 8, 2013

This guy seems very rude & self absorbed. I wouldn't bother going. It amazes me that he would respond the way he did to those negative reviews. I'd think he'd want to improve his image. Go figure!

Date of experience: August 2013
11  Thank sjvalleygirl327
Reviewed January 15, 2012

Called in early January 2012 to see what this was all about. Gentleman on the phone was very rude and started eating while speaking to me. Definately have no intention to give this chap $95 a person esp. seeing it's in his back yard. Not...More

Date of experience: January 2012
20  Thank thyme d
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