Evening Astronomy Tours

Activity category: educational

Key words: astronomy, telescope

Region: Esfahan province

Available dates/months: March to October

Group size: 2 – 6 people

Tour type: Group tour

Notes:

* Because of the strong moonlight astronomy tour can’t take place in the period between 5 days before and 5 days after the full moon.

** At 22:00h one day before the planned trip you will be contacted with a weather update. In case of bad weather forecast the trip will be rescheduled or refunded. If the weather turns bad during the tour refund will be partial.

Overview

You probably know Iran is a desert country and you have probably heard about famous desert nights full of bright stars. What you probably didn’t know is that Iran is a country with some of the darkest nights in the world which automatically makes it a great country for observing sky in the best possible conditions.

In an evening astronomy tour we will take you 30 minutes outside Esfahan to a traditional guesthouse in a small village without light pollution and provide you a unique astronomy lesson. With a cup of tea provided by the guesthouse a short introduction presentation about basics of astronomy will help us understand the sky and what we will later be able to see. When it gets dark we will also explain how astronomy can be interesting while observing the sky only with naked eyes. With a laser pointer we will show planets, constellations and give a brief insight into mythology, horoscope and tradition before finally using a professional telescope to see and learn more about stars, nebula and galaxies. We will teach you how to read the sky map and then find stars yourselves because we believe that is the best way to make astronomy interesting. With such interactional approach you will learn the “alphabet” of astronomy and become an amateur astronomer who will no longer want to go to sleep. After dinner in the guesthouse we will come back to Esfahan. The tour is run by Ivan and Fariba, married Croatian – Iranian couple working in consulting and development projects in tourism. Ivan moved to Iran to work on new ideas for the growing Iranian tourism market while Fariba is a professional astronomer with experience from teaching in schools and organizing public sky observations.

 

Trip highlights

Theoretical introduction to astronomy

Interactional night sky observation with a professional telescope

 

Features

Transportation (Esfahan – location of sky observation – Esfahan)

Food (tea, dinner)

English speaking guide and lecturer (Ivan and Fariba)

 

Theoretical astronomy, observing sky with a professional telescope, tea and dinner

Iran is a country with some of the darkest nights in the world which makes it a great country for observing sky in the best possible conditions. In an evening astronomy tour we will take you 30 minutes outside Esfahan to a traditional guesthouse in a small village and provide a unique astronomy lesson. We will teach you how to read the sky map and then find stars yourselves because we believe that is the best way to make astronomy interesting. With such interactional approach you will learn the “alphabet” of astronomy and become an amateur astronomer who will no longer want to go to sleep.

A short introduction presentation about basics of astronomy will help us understand the sky and what we will later be able to see. When it gets dark we will explain how astronomy can be interesting while observing the sky only with naked eyes. With a laser pointer we will show planets, constellations and give a brief insight into mythology and tradition before using a professional telescope to see and learn more about stars, nebula and galaxies. After dinner in the guesthouse we will come back to Esfahan.

* Because of the strong moonlight astronomy tour can’t take place in the period between 5 days before and 5 days after the full moon.

** At 22:00h one day before the planned trip you will be contacted with a weather update. In case of bad weather forecast the trip will be rescheduled or refunded. If the weather turns bad during the tour refund will be partial.

 

FULL DAY ASTRONOMY TOUR

Theoretical astronomy, observing sky with a professional telescope, tea and dinner, sleeping in a traditional guesthouse, early morning sky observation, breakfast

Iran is a country with some of the darkest nights in the world which makes it a great country for observing sky in the best possible conditions. Full day astronomy tour we will take you 30 minutes outside Esfahan to a traditional guesthouse in a small village and provide a unique astronomy lesson. We will teach you how to read the sky map and then find stars yourselves because we believe that is the best way to make astronomy interesting. With such interactional approach you will learn the “alphabet” of astronomy and become an amateur astronomer.

A short introduction presentation about basics of astronomy will help us understand the sky and what we will later be able to see. When it gets dark we will also explain how astronomy can be interesting while observing the sky only with naked eyes. With a laser pointer we will show planets, constellations and give a brief insight into mythology and tradition before using a professional telescope to see and learn more about stars, nebula and galaxies. In the early morning we will wake up to see sky we were not able to see in the evening and also wait for sunrise to see sunspots with solar filters. After breakfast return to Esfahan.

* Because of the strong moonlight astronomy tour can’t take place in the period between 5 days before and 5 days after the full moon.

** At 22:00h one day before the planned trip you will be contacted with a weather update. In case of bad weather forecast the trip will be rescheduled or refunded. If the weather turns bad during the tour refund will be partial.

 

DESERT ASTRONOMY TOUR (6 DAYS, 5 NIGHTS)

Accommodation in traditional guesthouses in Mesr, Esfahak and Ziaratgah, Visiting underground UNESCO village Meymand and sleeping in a cave house, Camping in Kaluts of the UNESCO protected desert Lut, Theoretical introduction to astronomy , Oasis village Mesr, Abandoned village Esfahak, Walking through the warm water of Morteza Ali spring and visiting the world’s thinnest arch dam, Interactional night sky observation with a professional telescope, Village Nayband and abandoned caravanserai Chah Kuran, Morning observation of sun spots with telescope and solar filters, Off road ride to Gandom Beryan, hottest place on Earth, Off road ride and sunset at Kaluts, Swimming in Keshit canyon

 

We will experience the night sky in a country with some of the darkest nights in the world and visit villages and exotic desert landscapes that will take your breath away with their adversity. As much as we all like popular cultural and historical centers of Iran, this tour will take you far away from big cities and show you the life of rural Iran with natural sights off the beaten path that you will hardly find listed in travel guide books. Sand dunes, colorful mountains, rocky deserts and stone formations, hottest place on Earth, canyons, salt rivers, underground villages and oasis villages of central Iran – those will be just some of the highlights of the best value for money tour in Iran. Our plan is to spice up your trip to Iran with a six-day tour full of experiences that you will never forget. Sure we want your camera to capture unforgettable landscapes and moments but most of all we want you to experience Iran from inside and collect new knowledge about this impressive country. Becoming a real amateur astronomer by the end of the trip will just be a big added value.