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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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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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Best Astronomical experience ever!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Eilat, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Frauenfeld, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 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 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Eitan was a really informative guide to the desert sky and beyond We met Eitan in the desert near Eilat for a clear sky and a very interesting observation and lecture (!) Eitan's all round knowledge ads to the experience This is a fun and enjoyable experience for any person who ever wondered about space and the stars above, Adults... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Eitan is a great teacher who not only showed us maginificent skies but also managed to explain such concepts as black holes and relativity with a sense of humour. This helped to keep us wide awake and involved even though we had arrived exhausted after an action filled day. Eitan has picked an ideal spot north of Eilat, largely free... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We spent an enjoyable late evening in the desert near Eilat, observing the night sky and learning about astronomy from Eitan. The sky was clear and the setting was perfect. Thank you!

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

On a recent trip to Eilat I spent two evenings stargazing with Ethan of Whats Up Observatory. Ethan picked me up after dinner for the short drive into the desert north of Eilat. In addition to constellations, we viewed the planet Jupiter one evening and could clearly see four of its moons. I was also lucky enough to see the... More 

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