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Maui Stargazing

#3 of 10 Tours in Kula
Kula, HI, USA
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About Maui Stargazing
Maui Stargazing offers sunset and stargazing tours within Haleakala National Park for a science-based telescope adventure. We meet at the Kula Lodge and you hop aboard our luxury Mercedes Sprinter passenger van for the ultimate, off-the-grid visitor activity on Maui - and it's fun for all ages! Haleakala is among the best places on Planet Earth to observe celestial objects! At the 10,000 foot elevation, Haleakala Summit reaches above the clouds and is well away from light-polluted resorts. Learn the wonders of the night sky from an astronomy expert. We use the largest portable telescope on Maui, a 12-inch aperture Dobsonian, allowing the best views of deep sky objects including the visible planets, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters. We supply all the warm outerwear you will need to stay warm, as well as hot beverages and snacks. Observing sites offer restrooms and shelter from wind.
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Robert T wrote a review Sep 20
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Jan handles the 12" Dobsonan Reflector like the master at sky observing that she is. She brings deep knowledge of the details of the unbelievable sky at Haleakala at 10,000 ft, and skill at quickly selecting objects and giving everyone a chance to see them through the telescope. In addition, her laser pointer tour of the constellations is unparalleled. Worth every minute of the long ride up to the summit and down from it at night.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Steve S wrote a review Sep 18
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Awesome experience. I've been interested in astronomy since the sixth grade, but never got past books and videos. To actually see Saturn and it's brilliant silver rings and so many of it's moons was mind-blowing. To hear Jan's explanation of how our perceptions change due to the rotating earth, which is also moving around the sun, while the sun is hurtling through the galaxy was humbling. I have never seen so many stars. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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CYNTHIA C wrote a review Sep 4
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Jan supplied us with hot beverages, and most important, insulated jackets, hats, pants, and gloves as the sun set & the temperature dropped. Jan then guided us through a tour of the constellations with the largest portable telescope on Haleakala and high-tech equipment that enabled us to see the moon's craters clearly, Saturn with its rings, and Jupiter with its blue stripes! We also explored many nebulae, star clusters, first magnitude stars, and even the distant Andromeda Galaxy. It was all so amazing! I recommend the tour to anyone who is fascinated by our nearly incomprehensible universe and its beauty. Jan is a fount of information and an excellent tour guide.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Joanie K wrote a review Aug 2022
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We had an amazing time on the Stargazing tour with Jan on 8/6/22. Communication was excellent from booking, day prior, day of tour and even after tour with great information on all celestial objects we saw that evening! Even though it was a little cloudy during sunset, the colors and scenery was breathtaking. We saw a super bright meteor (falling star), Saturn, the moon, and many, many other star clusters. Jan was very knowledgeable, kind, and patient. I would definitely recommend this tour and if I were to visit Maui again, I would definitely do it again! Thanks, Jan!!!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Buzzwinckel wrote a review Aug 2022
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Top notch evening of celestial objects. Jan is knowledgable, fun to spend time with and has great equipment including a 12 inch reflector which she wielded with the accuracy of a Jedi Knight. Phenomenal sunset from an extinct volcano added the cherry on top. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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