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“Binary stars, moons of Jupiter, meteors - awesome!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sedona Star Gazing

Sedona Star Gazing
Ranked #14 of 149 things to do in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sedona Stargazing is pleased to offer you a personalized and custom astronomy experience by professional astronomers. You will meet us at our observing location which is a 20 minute ride from West Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek. Your tour includes an overview of the constellations using a high power laser pointer. We then give you an up close view of planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebula through one of our large powerful telescopes. Our astronomers are exceptionally knowledgeable and provide you with an educational and entertaining experience. Chairs,blankets and oversized parka jackets are provided. Sedona Stargazing has received the Award of Excellence 5 years in a row from TripAdvisor resulting in our induction into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. We have been featured in National Geographic and the New York Times and ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 Space Based Attractions in the entire United States.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Binary stars, moons of Jupiter, meteors - awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Awesome is an overused word these days, but it certainly describes star gazing in Sedona.

The setting was great - so quiet and dark - and the person giving the lecture did a great job. The Milky Way was in full view, along with lots of constellations (pointed out with a laser that made the night sky look like a giant overhead blackboard) and meteors. Looking in the telescopes brought oohs and aaaahs.

Lucky us.

We got lots of science along with Greek mythology. More amazing things than you can really take in - the distances, the scale of time (ok, same thing in light years!) and the forces at work. Can you really think about gravity holding together binary stars that are millions of miles apart? Or how a black hole is born? Stretches my brain and my sense of wonder.

Thanks to our hosts and to our luck for a beautiful night and beautiful experience!

PS. We are from Minnesota, so when they say "dress warmly" we do!

Visited January 2013
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StargazingCliff, Owner at Sedona Star Gazing, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Maybe the only thing more awesome than your review of Sedona Star Gazing is the night sky in Sedona. We appreciate your thorough and enthusiastic feedback. You clearly understand and appreciate the experience we are trying to create. Please visit us again our friends from Minnesota.
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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Mixed emotions”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

We were interested in doing this, and it started out really nice. We were provided with lawn chairs and blankets, and those kept us warm throught the cold night. My wife didn't like the scope they used, and I have to admit it seemed like it was a bit flimsy. Between each person taking a look, he had to readjust it to keep track of the star. True, stars move, but a lot of scopes have controllers to keep them on track. Having looked through scopes before myself, I liked it, but I can understand some people may find it inconvenient to have to wait while it's being adjusted. The group of opeople I was with was very nice and seemed to enjoy it. Once again, we were there the last weekend of April, 2011.

Visited April 2012
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Victoria, Texas
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Who knew there were so many stars in the sky?!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

Our star gazing experience was fun. Definitely something I would recommend. When they tell you to dress warmly, they aren't kidding. Be sure to bundle up. Daytime temps when we were there were in the lower 70's during the day, but it was realllllly cold sitting there that night.

Visited November 2012
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Irvine, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A bit overpriced”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Star gazing sounded like a good idea but reality turned to be several chairs in some school field. There was Moon on the day we went to gaze the stars. The moonlight was very bright. Therefore, the sky was not that impressive. If I could I would spend my $60 on some different activity.
Make sure there is no moon on the day you do this activity.

Visited December 2012
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StargazingCliff, Owner at Sedona Star Gazing, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Thank you for providing your feedback on our experience. Unfortunately, we cannot change the moon phase on the night of your visit and if that was the reason for this bad review we are disappointed. Had this customer expressed their dissatisfaction directly to us we would have resolved the issue to their satisfaction immediately. Instead they chose to write a bad review without the courtesy of a phone call. It appears this customer is reviewing the moon phase more than our experience.

It should be noted that from Sedona we see more stars on a night with a bright moon than you can see in the city on a moonless night. The Milky Way can be seen 3 weeks out of the month in Sedona.

We encourage our guests to contact us immediately if for any reason they are not satisfied. We strive to provide an exceptional customer experience.

Cliff Ochser
Founder and President
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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“Star Gazing in Sedona is a great family activity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

My Wife and I recently went on the Evening Sky Tour in November, and it was a wonderful experience and a great way to learn some things about our galaxy and also to see the Andromeda Galaxy. The Astronomer was very knowledgeable and willing to take any questions. Seeing Jupiter and 4 of Jupiters moons was a highlight. Highly Recommended.

Visited November 2012
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StargazingCliff, Owner at Sedona Star Gazing, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Thanks for the great review. We particularly appreciate having families and children who enjoy our tour. Thanks for the nice review.

Cliff
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