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Sedona Stargazing

#28 of 133 Tours in Sedona
Sedona, AZ, USA
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About Sedona Stargazing
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. Each guest has a pair of wide field view binoculars and each reservation group will have their own gps auto position telescope. Our astronomers are exceptionally knowledgeable and provide you with an educational and entertaining experience. Sedona Stargazing has received the Award of Excellence 9 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 US Space Based Attractions
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Jess P wrote a review 15 Jan.
Brooklyn, New York14 contributions6 helpful votes
This is an organized, well-run tour, but we found it pretty disappointing. The guide’s laser pointer burnt out a few minutes in and his backup apparently was missing, so he couldn’t point anything out to us in the sky. This led to confusing directions like “the bright star near the group of stars that look like an “M”, but to the left. Also down.” Had no idea what he was trying to get us to see half the time. We saw a few cool things in the telescope but also found the guides didn’t seem very invested in if we saw things or not - it felt like we were really on our own. Was that blurry area in the telescope a nebula? Who knows! Also the location was near some houses and right next to a road, so it just wasn’t that dark. Several cars also drove right by during the tour shining their lights on us and ruining all the time spent getting our eyes to adjust to the dark. Unclear why they don’t have a location slightly more remote. If you’ve never looked through a telescope before it may be worth doing, but be prepared to not actually see that much.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Nancy C wrote a review Dec. 2020
6 contributions5 helpful votes
This was NOT worth the money. This should have been half the price! We paid $117 PER ADULT + $9.99 processing fee ($244 total) online for 2 people to share a telescope for 1 hour. The guy was knowledgeable, yes, but honestly it was impossible to make out most of the constellations he was pointing out with his laser pointer. We saw only a few things with the telescope mostly he talked about the history of things. When we "saw" Mars with the telescope it was no more detailed than seeing it with my $20 binoculars, literally just a small ball of light in the scope, it could have been anything. The Orion nebula was just a fuzzy cloud (the guide explained that NASA "cheats" using different filters and enhancers to make things look better and obviously the Hubble telescope is much more advanced). I would never pay this much money to do a stargazing tour ever again I feel like I was ripped off. I was extremely disappointed with this only because of how expensive it was and the fact that we waited all day and had to drive 25 min from our hotel to get there. There is absolutely no way they should be charging per person for this, it should be per group for 1 telescope as there is plenty of time for people to take a look. Next time I'm in Sedona I'll find a dark spot, use my binoculars and my sky map app and save my hundreds of dollars. Sorry to be so harsh but you guys got 4 very enthusiastic thumbs down for poor value.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from StargazingCliff, Owner at Sedona Stargazing
Responded 3 weeks ago
We take our customer service very seriously and value critical and legitimate feedback to help improve our tours. As a result we have 10 consecutive years awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and are members of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. We are one of the highest rated attractions in the world. It always disappoints us on those rare occasions when a customer expectation is unreasonable and then does not give us an opportunity to resolve their concerns. This particular customer wrote this review and then tried to leverage their bad review to ask for a refund. Had the customer called to express their concern we could have resolved their issue and provided a refund. In 20 years of business I have never had a customer blackmail us into a refund after writing an unfair review. We clearly state in our communications to please give us an opportunity to resolve any concerns before writing a review. This provides us with an opportunity to provide exceptional customer service. It is very unfortunate that this particular customer simply attempted to damage our small family owned business.
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Gerthie A wrote a review Dec. 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Enjoyed the powerful telescope. The moon was full when we went, so it was very bright that night and the stars were dimmer. Astronomers were very knowledgeable. For my daughter and I, we were left a little bored because we expected more. There were positions that were were not able to look into the telescope because of the position that was needed to view that particular star. We followed another couple back to the hotel that also took that tour, and they too were a bit disappointed. I would say, do not take the tour during a full moon and maybe it would have been better.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from StargazingCliff, Owner at Sedona Stargazing
Responded 3 weeks ago
Yes the experience on full moon nights is different. On full moon nights, we obviously have a moonlit sky rather than a star filled sky. Having said that, we look at nearly all the same objects through the telescopes regardless of moon phase. We hope you come back on a night with no moon.
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Mitch Hayes wrote a review Nov. 2020
Liberty Township, Ohio1 contribution
The two astronomers did a wonderful job in being both entertaining and informative. The telescope was powerful and worked perfectly. Our favorite views were Saturn and its rings, Moon, and the Andromeda galaxy. We even went home and rented Contact after stargazing. In all seriousness, put this on your list for things to do in Sedona. It’s not until the average person has a high powered telescope and astronomers guiding us through the night sky that we begin to understand the significance (or lack there) of our singular existence.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Taylor H wrote a review Nov. 2020
Simi Valley, California7 contributions
Wow. Truly something I have never seen before. We were able to see Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, deep space objects, other stars and the moon and it was amazing. You could see the rings of Jupiter’s rings and Mars’ pinkish color through the telescopes. Outstanding. Would recommend. Wes and David were great hosts and answered all our questions.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from StargazingCliff, Owner at Sedona Stargazing
Responded 15 Nov. 2020
Thanks for the review of our tour. We are delighted you had a terrific experience.
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