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Southern Sky Astronomy

La Serena, Chile

Experience hosted by Rolando

4 hours
Includes drinks, transportation, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

The sky guided tour is at the countryside in the Elqui's Valley, near La Serena city and it lasts about 4 hours including the time to get to the observing point (about an hour from La Serena).When we get there, while we get our eyes get used to darkness, we'll look at the sky at unaided eye to understand our position in the solar system and in the galaxy.
When the telescope and our eyes got ready, the stargaze session begins with explanations of the objects we see through the eyepiece.
We're going to observe deep sky objects that will help us to understand the stellar evolution, getting a glimpse to the story of the universe.
We'll see the emission nebulas where the stars get born. The young and bright stellar open clusters and the the biggest globular cluster in the Milky Way, Omega Centauri and 47 Tuc, only visible from here. Depending on the time of the year, we'll see some lonely ghosts of stars alike to our sun, that died not long ago; the beautiful planetary nebulas.
Far away Galaxies will be the final target of the night.
Other things to note
If it gets cloudy, we cancel the activity with no charge for you
The sky guided tour is at the countryside in the Elqui's Valley, near La Serena city and it lasts about 4 hours including the time to get to the observing point (about an hour from La Serena).When we get there, while we get our eyes get used to darkness, we'll look at the sky at unaided eye to understand our position in the solar system and in the galaxy.
When the telescope and our eyes got ready, the stargaze session begins with explanatio…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    While I prepare the telescope, you can investigate the box my wife kindly s...
  • Transportation
    Private Car. A comfy Subaru New XV, 4WD with Air conditioned.
  • Equipment
    There will be comfy chairs to seat while I prepare everything so you can co...
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Meet your host, Rolando

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I'm an astronomy guide. I've been in observational astronomy since 2010 and I've gotten to know the wonders of the southern sky very well and I want you to know it too.
I'm very well equipped! I have a high-end computerized 8 inches-aperture telescope, long eye relief eyepieces, two 100º monster-eyepieces wide open windows to the Universe, specialized filters for nebulae and planets to get the best stargazing experience.
Astronomy is a huge passion of mine. I really love to show you the objects in my telescope, and explain what are you looking at. The experience will last in your memory for long.
I'm also a connoisseur of the area, so I can provide good information of where to go, how much it cost, where NOT TO GO, history and everything you might need.
I'm an astronomy guide. I've been in observational astronomy since 2010 and I've gotten to know the wonders of the southern sky very well and I want you to know it too.
I'm very well equipped! I have a high-end computerized 8 inches-aperture telescope, long eye relief eyepieces, two 100º monster-eyepieces wide open windows to the Universe, specialized filters for nebulae and planets to get the best stargazing experience.
Astronomy is a huge passion of mine. I really love to show yo…
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Where you'll be

I'll pick you up from your place, I'll drive you for about 25 minutes into the Equi Valley through the 41 route (route of the stars), then for another 15 minutes we'll head to the south through the "Quebrada de Talca" zone to my personal observation spot. It's a lonely and quiet place by the road, with a great horizon and really deep dark sky, which is perfect for the stargazing session.
Gisela
February 2020
Experiencia personalizada muy entretenida incluso para niños, ya que Rolando los hace participar activamente. Tiene el detalle de llevar café, jugos y galletas, también frazadas por que el lugar es frío durante la noche.
Andres Franco
January 2020
Lejos la mejor experiencia en la serena 1000% recomendado. Una experiencia personalizada, bien atendido, incluso si van con niños tienen un plan de acción para el entretenimiento. El manejo del tema astronómico es muy bueno, que siendo una persona con cero conocimiento terminas el tour queriendo investigar aún más. Quede completamente agradecido.
Lejos la mejor experiencia en la serena 1000% recomendado. Una experiencia personalizada, bien atendido, incluso si van con niños tienen un plan de acción para el entretenimiento.…
Alejandro
January 2020
Por lejos una de las experiencias más geniales que he tenido, Rolando es muy preocupado y su señora te envía una canasta con cosas para que tengas un pequeño entremés mientras él prepara todo. La vista es maravillosa y Rolando va siempre hablándote de lo que sabe y puedes sentir su pasión en lo que hace. Realmente es algo que debes hacer aprovechando los cielos de La Serena.
Por lejos una de las experiencias más geniales que he tenido, Rolando es muy preocupado y su señora te envía una canasta con cosas para que tengas un pequeño entremés mientras él p…
Nathaly
January 2020
Rolando es un apasionado por el tema de la astronomía. Se maneja bien y te transmite sus conocimientos de manera clara.
Maria Paz
January 2020
Recomiendo ir bien abrigado y en una noche con luna nueva. Excelente anfitrión!!! Sabe muchísimo del tema y tiene muy buenas anécdotas. Le apasiona la astronomía y es contagioso.
Catherine
January 2020
We had a great time on Rolando's star watching experience. He was very engaging and knowledgeable about the stars and showed us some of his favourite celestial objects. We had plenty of time to see everything and never felt rushed. The ride was comfortable and the hot drinks and snacks was a nice touch.
We had a great time on Rolando's star watching experience. He was very engaging and knowledgeable about the stars and showed us some of his favourite celestial objects. We had plen…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

What to bring

Warmly clothed for the stargazing session