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“A wonderful New Year's Eve under the stars”

What's Up Observatory
Ranked #1 of 3 Museums in Eilat
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: You don't need a pith helmet or a visit to a safari outfitter to join one of our star safaris (warm clothes though are a good idea). Together we travel millions of light years through the Milky Way and beyond.Our regular Stargazing program is about an hour and a half long and introduces you to many of the wonders of the ever changing sky. We identify some constellations and asterisms, keeping everyone on the same object by pointing with our special green laser that appears to actually touch the stars. Through the eyepiece of of our computerized telescope and hand held binoculars, we visit the nearby objects of our solar system, the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter and maybe even Mars and Venus and Uranus, all depending on the changes of the night sky from season to season, day to day and hour to hour.We continue out to DSOs, (Deep Sky Objects) experiencing the beauty of open clusters, the colors and folds of nebulae and the magnificence of inter galactic traveling globular clusters. Discover multi colored stars in the sky and learn about their ages and development. If we are lucky we will be able to spot a few Galaxies. "מה למעלה" מצפה הכוכבים של אילת והערבה, היא כיתה מתחת כיפת השמים שבסיסה באילת שבו אתה יכול לבוא ללילה מהנה וחינוכי של צפייה בכוכבים מונחה על ידי מחנך אסטרונומיה, איתן שוורץ. "מה למעלה" היא אטרקציה ניידת כדי שנוכל גם בקלות להביא המצפה שלנו אליך. אתה עשוי להיות מופתע עד כמה אנחנו יכולים להראות לך בשמי הלילה של אזורים עירוניים למרות ששום דבר לא יכול להשתוות לפאר של השמים החשוכים של המדבר. בנוסף, בעזרת המדריך המוסמך קולין פורטרת אפשר להכין מדורות וטיולים רגלים.
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“A wonderful New Year's Eve under the stars”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

We've spent a wonderful moment with Eitan on the desert close to Eilat. Despite the fact that the weather was uncommonly dump that day, we were able to see many stars. We've also had the pleasure to hear to some stories Eitan told us by the fire and we could learn a lot not only about the sky but also about life in Israel. After spending the night in a tent, we were waken at 5 AM to watch Saturn, which was really beautiful. The program ended with a delicious typical breakfast and Eitan dropping us off in the bus stop where we took a bus to Jerusalem.
Apart from the fact that it was really cold that night and thus it was really hard to sleep (we should have brought warmer clothes and sleeping bags), we've had a great experience overall.
Thank you Eitan for sharing those moments with us and excuse us for not writing this review sooner. It surely was a pleasure to share 2014's first night with you under the stars!
Gabriella & David

Visited January 2014
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“good night out”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

American picks you up at 20:30 from your hotel in Eilat in an old Suzuki with a tripod on the roof.

After a short drive he installs his telescope, the telescope is computersteered and does most of the hard work.

Most information given is common knowledge but it is great to eye up Sirius, some other stars and galaxies, Saturn and get a good look at Jupiter.

Visited April 2014
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Shlomiesdad, Owner at What's Up Observatory, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
As Mr Thoenes said we had a great night out. Mr Thoenes was traveling alone and joined my program. I was a slow night and we went out together with no singles supplement. It is important for individual travelers to know that I will go out with 1 or more people for a full program.
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“Fantastic lesson of the stars”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

To be honest - at first when we saw that it's 100 nis per person we were a bit surprised. We decided to go anyway and I can tell you this: IT WORTH EVERY DIME!

Eithan has spread a few rugs on the desert ground so we could lay there while he points at the sky with his laser pen and binoculars were provided to us as well in order to see the larger objects (we later watched them via the telescope)

Eitan seems to know a lot about our skies and he explains everything very nicely. We spent a bit extra time with Eitan who was very eager to explain everything either technical on the telescope itself or answer any kind of question we had about the skies and the stars.

Highly recommended!

Visited February 2014
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Shlomiesdad, Owner at What's Up Observatory, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
I'm thrilled that you two had a good time. I'm aware that my price is high and work hard to make it worth it. If you come with a group of friends, family or a work group I can make the price per person lower. I'm proud that I can have family prices so that families can enjoy the experience.
I hope to see you again in the summer for a different magnificent sky. If you have your own scope by then, we can learn to use it together.
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“Magical night under the stars!”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

We enjoyed our experience with a small group of people with various backgrounds and knowledge about the heavens. Eitan, our knowledgable guide, picked us up at our hotel, for an additional cost, after our car broke down. As others have written, dress very warm! We had an exceptionally cold night.

Visited February 2014
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Shlomiesdad, Owner at What's Up Observatory, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
A common theme in my reviews in the winter is that it is cold at night. ;). It is. Relatively it is not that cold and we can enjoy the clear winter sky in a way it can't be appreciated in really cold climates
Be warned though that you DO have to dress warmly in the desert night and that I have plenty of jackets and sweaters for those who have underdone it.
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“Major Star Gazing”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Met with Eitan Schwartz (054-481-9973) in the nearby desert at night. He brought his laser beam, telescope and great knowledge of outer space at the appointed time. Luckily for us, it was a clear and moonless night, which made finding the constellations, etc easier. This was the highlight of my trip to Eilat! With Eitan's immense knowledge and ability to communicate to a novice, I was able to explore space like never before. So much fun. Be sure to bundle up though, as the desert can get pretty chilly in the night. Well worth the adventure!!

Visited January 2014
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