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Address: near Beer Ora, Eilat, Israel
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+972 54-481-9973
20:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 20:00 - 23:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

You don't need a pith helmet or a visit to a safari outfitter to join one...

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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Astronomy in the desert

A fun, educational experience with Eitan in the desert outside of Eilat. Went with family, ages 5-78, we all enjoyed it. Eitan even rekindled a long-dormant interest in astronomy.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Larry K
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A fun, educational experience with Eitan in the desert outside of Eilat. Went with family, ages 5-78, we all enjoyed it. Eitan even rekindled a long-dormant interest in astronomy.

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Eilat, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The conditions were nearly perfect - a warm evening with no moon and littlle background light. I tagged along with a group staying at Club Ramon in Mitzpe Ramon. Mitpe Ramon is located high in the Negev desert on the rim of a spectacular crater. We were treated early to spectacular views of Jupiter and 3 of her. moons. With... More 

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently returned to Eilat, having visited previously in February. Ethan was the first person I contacted upon my arrival. I couldn't wait to get back into the desert and under the stars. Just 30 minutes or so north of town, we set up Ethan's telescope and laid out blankets and binoculars. I tagged along with two small groups, a... More 

Thank Namsuah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ethan picked us up on time and took us out to a really quiet place in the desert to set up the telescope. After showing explaining stars and star constellations, all three of us had a very interesting discussion about astrophysics. Great evening with a very passionate laid back astronomer, arrived back home not only very entertained but also with... More 

Thank Rowan M
Rishon Lezion, Israel
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

It was an amazing experience. Eitan, thank you very much!! very interesting for teens (8+) i recommended!!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We were expecting, when booking the 'observatory', a building or developed site from which to look at the stars. This is not what you get. What you get is an incredibly knowledgeable and slightly eccentric astronomer, with a large telescope pitched in the desert with rugs on the ground. Finding him was a bit tricky as it is pitch black,... More 

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

It was an amazing experience. Ethan was so nice and caring. We came at a cloudy night and he still made the best of it. He also has a new incredible telescope so we were able to see everything clearly. Ethan didn't even charge us because the sky was cloudy and he couldn't show us everything that he planned. We... More 

1 Thank Yonatan B
Eilat, Israel
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Ethan Schwartz / "What's Up" Observatory in Eilat has a new telescope. The first group got to experience the stars and the waning moon in the desert last night. The views are extraordinary! I've been out star gazing with Ethan a number of times with a number of groups. This was the first time I've heard someone say "WOW" when... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We've found Eitan through Tripadvisor and the Eilat tourism site. Online registration was a breeze, after which Eitan gave us directions to the exact location, which is not too far from Eilat (around 30 minutes drive from the hotel). After everyone arrived, Eitan shared his tales of Astronomy, physics and mythology, while showing us the night sky in detail using... More 

Thank Shai G
Frauenfeld, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

Comprehensive explanations also for laymen. Fantastic views into the universe. An unforgettable evening in the desert

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