How does a Star Tour work?
We come to your location with a large computerized telescope, operated by an astronomer to guide 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 Planets, Star Clusters, Double Stars, Nebulae and Galaxies. Learn the science, history and mythology for each object being viewed and use your cellphone camera to capture images of the Moon and Planets through special eyepieces. For large groups we offer multiple telescopes and astronomers.
Where are you located?
We are based in Northwest Tucson, Arizona but all stargazing sessions are provided at the location of your choosing, including a resort, hotel, residence or state park. We are a 100% mobile observatory that provides telescopes and astronomers 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 on group size, date, location, etc. For example, a private star tour in the Tucson area for a group of 6 or more will be more affordable than the cost of tickets for one of the local public observatory stargazing programs.
What can we see?
A custom observing list is created for each star tour. We select from our database the best celestial objects in the sky for that night, including Planets, Galaxies, Star Clusters, Double Stars, Nebulae, etc.
Visit our Star Tours page to see images captured through our telescopes, for examples of what you can see.
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 the last decade we have entertained 900+ corporate groups and are regularly requested back by many Fortune 100 & 500 companies as part of their annual events. We accommodate groups of 1 – 2,000 and can provide multiple telescopes and astronomers. Ask your event planner or event property and we are more than likely a preferred vendor with them as well as with every major corporate destination management company and entertainment agency 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 30 people. Our telescopes are ergonomically designed, making them the easiest to observe through, no matter your age or height.
Do you give tours outside of the Tucson area?
Yes, we cover Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Sedona, etc, for an additional travel fee and frequent all major resorts and event properties across Arizona for group and corporate events.
What makes Arizona such a great location for viewing the stars?
The desert climate, clear sky, weather, light ordinances, steady atmosphere and mountains make it an ideal haven for stargazing, providing high definition views of the stars throughout the year.
What happens if there are clouds/rain forecasted on the day of a star tour?
For private star tours: We stay in contact during the afternoon of your stargazing session and we can reschedule or refund your deposit if we determine that we have to cancel.
For corporate / group events: We may retain your deposit or a portion of it if we have to cancel due to the preparation, paperwork and expenses incurred.
Special note: Watching the weather report weeks or days before your stargazing session is not recommended, as the weather changes on a minute to minute basis. We do not want you to be concerned with what the weather may do, so we are extremely flexible with rescheduling and refunding deposits. Tucson averages 350 clear nights per year, and if there’s ever cloud cover during the late afternoon, most nights it clears shortly after sunset.
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.