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took tour with ira who is excellent and really nice. recommend it highly. fascinating. nothing like... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
penny905
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Ira's star tours in Mitzpe Ramon

Ira's star tours (together with his "co-pilot" Ziv) are amazing. I've been twice now (!!!) and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Elliot G
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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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Mitspe Ramon 80600, Israel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

took tour with ira who is excellent and really nice. recommend it highly. fascinating. nothing like the negev.

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us under our Negev skies. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ira's star tours (together with his "co-pilot" Ziv) are amazing. I've been twice now (!!!) and just had the chance to check out Saturn through the telescope which was a total "wow" moment. Held in a great location just outside of Mitzpe. Super informative and...More

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Interesting, informative, captivating presentation with laser and telescope aids. Charming monologue,. Just like sitting in a planetarium!

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thank you for joining us! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The night sky at Mitzpe Ramon often allows a night time view of the sky that is far clearer than most other places in the world because of less light pollution. Ira also makes it a true education in Astronomy beside the visual wonder and...More

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for joining us under our special desert skies. /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

What an interesting and amazing night! Ira is so knowledgable. He was able to explain things to our group and answer all our questions. We were lucky that we had a very clear night and were able to see the stars and even Jupiter! Highly...More

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thank you for joining us! It is cold in the desert at night!! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Though we didn't take a tour Ita helped by phone with information and explanations about the best places for night photograpy - thank you again Ira Vera

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Glad to help! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

We had great time with Ira in Mitzpe Ramon. We ended up with a beautiful clear night, learned a lot about the night sky but also had great fun. (and an engagement, which was extra special) Ira is an enthusiastic and friendly host. this is...More

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thanks for joining us under the desert skies of Mitzpe Ramon and helping David and Sheyna celebrate their engagement! /Ira

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Up a hill outside the town, great view of the stars if not cloudy (trip is cancelled if too cloudy) and Ira gives an excellent talk about the stars. The telescopes that we were able to look through gave a view of the stars that...More

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2018

Thank you for joining our star tour. We are glad you had such a good time. We strive to deliver the most memorable experience in the desert! /Ira

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

I really enjoyed this outing. Ira was very knowledgable and head a wonderful setup with chairs and blankets for viewing the night sky as well as several telescopes!

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you for joining our star tour. We’re glad you enjoyed it! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

I joined the star tour with my 6 year old Son and wife, despite the frigid weather and strong persistent winds, Ira and Ziv's warm hospitality made for a very memorable and successful night. We learned a lot of important basics during the naked sky...More

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Machefsky, Owner at Astronomy Israel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you for joining us under our frosty, winter skies. We are glad you enjoyed the tour! /Ira, The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon ✨

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chantalyo
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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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Mindy H
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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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