How does a Star Tour work?
We’ll come to your location with a large computerized telescope, set up and take you on a visual tour of the universe. We point out the constellations and bright stars with a powerful green laser pointer and show through the telescope the best objects visible for that night. Explore mountain ranges and impact craters on the Moon, the Planets, Star Clusters, Double Stars and Galaxies. Learn the science, history and mythology for each object being viewed and even use your cellphone camera to capture images of the Moon and planets. For large groups we offer multiple telescopes and astronomers.
Where are you located?
We are based in Northwest Tucson, Arizona but all services are provided at your location as we are a 100% mobile observatory that provides edutainment anywhere in Arizona.
How much is a star tour?
Pricing will vary depending on the date, location and type of group. Each star tour is tailored specifically for you, so we’ll be able to provide pricing information once we receive details from you. As an example, for a private star tour in the Tucson area for a family of 6 or more it would be more affordable than the cost of tickets for one of the local public observatory stargazing programs.
What can we see?
Visit our Star Tours page to see images captured through our telescopes.
How far in advance should I book a tour?
We recommend several weeks in advance to reserve a private star tour for small groups, although we can accommodate bookings same-day if available. For corporate or group events, several months in advance is highly recommended.
Are you familiar with providing stargazing at resorts, hotels, and event properties for corporate and group events?
We are very familiar with all major locations in Arizona and can help to coordinate stargazing for your event. Over 7 years we have entertained 600+ corporate groups and are regularly requested back by many Fortune 500 companies as part of their annual events. Ask your event planner and we are more than likely a preferred vendor with them as well as with every major corporate DMC in Arizona.
Is the tour appropriate for all ages?
We welcome stargazers of any age. Typically kids 6 years and older can appreciate and be engaged by the tour. A step ladder is provided for kids to see through the telescope and bench seats for everyone to relax on for private star tours. Bench seats for corporate or group tours provided only on special request and can seat up to 16 people.
Do you give tours outside of the Tucson area?
Yes, we cover Phoenix and Sedona for an additional travel fee and frequent all major resorts and event properties for group and corporate events.
What makes Arizona such a great location for viewing the stars?
The desert climate, clear skies, light ordinances, steady atmosphere and mountains make it an ideal haven for stargazing, providing HD views of the stars.
What happens if its cloudy on the day of a tour?
Tucson averages 350 clear nights per year, and if there’s ever cloud cover at sunset, very often it clears shortly after dark. If we are already set up and the weather is such that we are unable to show anything through the telescope a travel fee is charged and any remaining deposit will be returned if applicable or we can reschedule to another date if available.
Do we need to provide access to power outlets to run the computerized telescopes?
All of our equipment is powered via battery packs which allows us to set up anywhere. No power access required.