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Dark Ranger Telescope Tours

Bryce Canyon City, UT, USA
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About Dark Ranger Telescope Tours
See our Universe's wonders through BIG telescopes in the darkest/best stargazing location in USA -Utah's Bryce Canyon region. Watch live multimedia presentations about astronomy and nocturnal animals. Learn constellation stories during laser sky tours. Work on your Astronomy Boy/Girl Scout Badge. By capping attendance at 42, our knowledgeable and entertaining astronomers provide the premium astronomy experience. Private Tours up to 150 people also available by special request.
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Hours Today: 8:30 PM - 11:45 PM
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Shamsky1956 wrote a review May 8
Indianapolis, Indiana5 contributions10 helpful votes
First of all they were very accommodating, offering blankets and hot drinks. The telescopes were fantastic and they provided many views. The downside was an hour long college level presentation about the possibility of other life in the universe. We expected more information on the stars,planets, and galaxies. Maybe there are other presentations but not what we expected.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Elise F wrote a review May 6
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Kevin was an excellent host. Funny, knowledgeable and he had blankets and a warm drink for us. You can easily tell Kevin loves doing this, that made it great. All the information he had was remarkable and the sky was beautiful! Took his time, really thought about what he thought we’d like to see in the sky and welcomed all our questions! I believe he would have stayed all night with us, and I might have if it were warmer.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from DarkRanger T, Owner at Dark Ranger Telescope Tours
Responded 5 days ago
Well... shucks. But I probably wouldn't have stayed all night on account of I got this ding-dang day job what I still need to help pay the bills. :-)
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Jerry wrote a review Apr 2021
5 contributions
Kevin is one of those people who have a combination of expertise and enthusiasm that is always worth learning from. Rapid fire learnings about the cosmos along with a view of the stars I have never had before.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from DarkRanger T, Owner at Dark Ranger Telescope Tours
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you! For the record I hope you only got the rapid fire treatment because you asked for it. :-) We Dark Rangers try to show restraint at first while we are "reading" an audience. But give us a couple enthusiastic good questions about astronomy or cosmology and we will know it's safe to do a knowledge dump with you! We all agree the best part of the job is hanging out with the stay-late folks. Many of those conversations become so mutually enlightening (nothing stimulates new ideas like an excellent question) that I've often thought about going back to academia, so I can better research and answer some of the more memorable late night questions. Since I suspect you are one of those stay-late enthusiast, it is I, who am thanking you. Cheers!
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Lauren B wrote a review Apr 2021
29 contributions6 helpful votes
This was a great experience! The staff were super knowledgeable and the whole family had fun and learned a lot, including our eight year old . Believe them when they say to dress warmly (we were there in early April and it was COLD).
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from DarkRanger T, Owner at Dark Ranger Telescope Tours
Responded 5 days ago
I'm glad that you had a good time. I love that your 8-year-old did too! Kids get cold faster, so what a "trooper" the youngster must have been to remain so engaged.
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NPJ wrote a review Apr 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Really a spectacular set-up and super-knowledgeable. It does get VERY cold in April, though, and you're not moving much to stay warm so take their advice and dress more warmly than you think you should. Take the hand-warmers, the full on ski gloves, extra blankets, etc. Younger kids are going to not be as interested in the talking about constellations while they repositions the telescopes to different objects. I'd suggesting skipping it if you have kids 6 yrs old or younger.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from DarkRanger T, Owner at Dark Ranger Telescope Tours
Responded 5 days ago
Oh my, I'm sorry, for the perhaps too long constellation tour -- that was probably me. :-( And yes, good point about younger kids getting cold fast, whole surface area to volume ratio thing, right? We love working with kids, paying it forward to the next generation and all... That's also why kids under 6 get in for free. But maybe younger families would have a better experience if they can wait to visit us during the summertime.
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