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Address: 72727 Jack Kramer Ln, Indio, CA 92260-5909
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I did not see the previous reviews until after I had been to the observatory and was extremely surprised by the low ratings. I did not set up the visit so I have no information... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2013
DesertIguanas
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Desert Hot Springs, California
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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Mr G. is a very passionate astronomer. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.. Excellent viewing of stars,nebula & constellations. Very worthwhile.

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Culver City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Just got back from our wonderful evening with Bill Gargan. The telescope and lenses are wonderful, Bill's knowledge is expansive, and his elegantly small observatory is first rate. A must do experience for anyone who thinks they have "seen it all" in the desert.

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Thank katherine j
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

On a lovely night in January we traveled to Indio for Gargan Observatory. We loved it! It wasn't cheap but it was worth every penny and time well spent. We enjoyed several hours in an amazing backyard observatory with a passionate stargazer with high tech telescopes. We had a once in a lifetime experience gazing at nebula, planets, our moon... More 

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

We recently enjoyed a cool and thrilling evening at Bill's observatory, experiencing both a learning and awe inspiring time. Bill is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in astronomy and was able to easily convey that to 2 amateurs. This was really educational. We had Bill's undivided attention and he showed us much much more than we were expecting. The evening,... More 

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

I did not see the previous reviews until after I had been to the observatory and was extremely surprised by the low ratings. I did not set up the visit so I have no information on Mr. Gargan's telephone manners but found him to be very knowledgeable and professional as an astronomer. The set up is a little small but... More 

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8 Thank DesertIguanas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

This guy seems very rude & self absorbed. I wouldn't bother going. It amazes me that he would respond the way he did to those negative reviews. I'd think he'd want to improve his image. Go figure!

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11 Thank sjvalleygirl327
Palm Desert, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

Called in early January 2012 to see what this was all about. Gentleman on the phone was very rude and started eating while speaking to me. Definately have no intention to give this chap $95 a person esp. seeing it's in his back yard. Not very professional.

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20 Thank thyme d
Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

Two primary and big critcisms of this experience: 1. Does not deliver for the value: you pay almost $100 a person to see about 6 stars in two hours. The viewing is less than spectacular. 2. Not being given by an astronomer, academic or particularly knowledgeable individual; this is is hobby and that's very obvious.

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22 Thank susan g

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