DOBSONIAN INITIATION

Do you dream of learning to find your way in the sky and using a telescope? So, this activity is made for you, whether you are a beginner or an experienced astronomer, alone or with your family (children from 10 years old).

Description / procedure

After a night climb in the funicular you will arrive at the observation site near the OFXB (2’200m altitude). The animator in charge of the activity will give you the main optical principles underlying the operation of the telescope, which you will then learn to handle.

These telescopes – 5 in number – which means one telescope for two people – are of the Dobsonian type: their very simple to handle compared to traditional telescopes and allow quick understanding, without any prior technical or scientific knowledge. The rest of the time will be spent exploring the starry sky and the heavenly treasures it conceals.

You are in control of the 200 mm telescope – giving you the superpowers of a 200 mm diameter eye, with the animator there to guide you. The evening of observation ends with the return to the village of Saint-Luc by funicular.

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Duration: about 2h

Price: single rate of 25CHF / pers. Cashing is done on site and in cash only.

Reservation: at the St-Luc Tourist Office on +41 27 476 17 10

Practical information :
• Hours: in July from 10 p.m. to midnight / in August from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
• The meeting point is set at the lower funicular station in the village of Saint-Luc 15min before the start of the activity (so 9.45 p.m. in July)
• This activity takes place at an altitude of 2’200m (please bring warm clothes along)
You can bring your binoculars and possibly a flashlight with red lighting (white lighting should be avoided).
For groups of 5 to 10 people. Please reserve at least two weeks in advance. It is also possible to set a date outside the public program (private evening, fixed at a price of CHF 300.00 or CHF 200 if all participants have a Pass Anniviers Liberté). Subject to availability of animators and equipment.

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