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Astronomy Israel

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About Astronomy Israel
Thanks for your interest in my star tours. My tours last about two hours, usually starting at 9:30pm or sometimes 6:00pm/6:30pm in the winter. The first half we do naked eye observing of the sky, identifying constellations, learning star lore, understanding how the sky works; the second half we go to the telescopes to view the best sights of the night. I set up my "portable observatory" in the desert behind Mitzpe Ramon, meet people at their hotels and guide them up to my observing location. We provide chairs and blankets for everyone, and No, no walking is required. The planets and stars are too far away! We let our eyes do the walking. I can usually take people in my own car up to my observing location. But if my car is full I may ask you to follow me in yours the short distance to my observing location (about 3 kilometers) behind town. No four-wheel drive needed.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my 14-year-old with me to see the night sky. The location was a short drive from Mitzpe, and avoided the "city" lights of Mitzpe. Ira pointed out the constellations that were visible at this time of night. The conditions were good enough to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us on our night sky tour in Mitzpe Ramon! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this stargazing with our whole family. We ALL walked away having learned a lot and really enjoyed seeing the stars and using the telescopes. Saw the moon rise and learned to recognize several constellations. It was cold (it was December) and a little...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us under the frosty, winter skies of Mitzpe Ramon! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 17 December 2018

This was a fun experience and we learned much about the constellations. Ira is so knowledgeable and makes learning fun.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2018

Thank you for joining our star tour! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Ira Machevsky holds "star gazing" seminars at night in Mitzpe Ramon. They are excellent! His depth and breadth of the subject matter is laudatory. We highly recommend these seminars. Be sure to bring warm clothing! Debra

Date of experience: December 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2018

Thanks for joining us under the frosty skies of Mitzpe Ramon! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 2 December 2018

It was a fun combination of learning about folklore, history and physics, while looking at the moon and the stars with through telescopes.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Ira M, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2018

Thanks for joining us. And thanks for your great lunar photo taken through our telescope with your phone! /Ira

Reviewed 1 December 2018

Ira is a wealth of information and provides a non-stop tour of the skies. We enjoyed our star gazing time, even though the bright moonlight competed with the stars.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Thank you for joining us under the sometimes moonlit skies of Mitzpe Ramon. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

Very informative and the arrangements to meet went well. The views of the moon were fantastic but the other planets were just bright dots even through the telescopes. We learned a lot about the constellations - amazing!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Than you for joining us under the frosty skies of Mitzpe Ramon. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 27 November 2018

Ira and his assistant Ziv give a wonderful overview of the night sky and adapt the experience for the people who come along and the weather conditions/star visibility, thus kids are as engaged as adults are and the overall experience is lovely. The price is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Thank you for joining us under our starry night skies. Happy Chanukah!! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 20 November 2018

Ira was a lot of fun and very knowledgable about the stars and he made it interesting for all ages. Even though the activity was supposed to be 2 hours, he stayed as long as we wanted showing us different constellations and answering questions. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

Thanks for joining us on this star tour. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

we didn't like the use of microphone in the dedert at night. too noisy. also music was out of place. otherwise the star information was interesting and left us satisfied.

Date of experience: November 2018
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he has it every night. just contact him and book it
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Barbara I
29 March 2018|
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It is very unlikely you would get to Beresheet to do the 9:30 tour. Plus you would be exhausted. And there’s still a chance of clouds that time of year. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon
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23 February 2018|
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3 year olds usually fall asleep in the cold and dark. 7 is marginal and depends on their interests in things like space, astraunats, planets, sci-fi, etc. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon
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