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Observatorio Mamalluca, Vicuna

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Take a cosmic journey with one of the specialized guides at Observatorio Mamalluca, where you'll learn about nebulas, star clusters, supernovas, and galaxies before heading on to the observation station. The observatory opened in November 1998 at 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level. Observe the Milky Way, Saturn's rings, and Jupiter's 16 moons through a 30 cm (12 in) telescope in the main dome. Use the smaller telescopes on the terrace to learn to recognize bright stars and different constellations. You'll be amazed with the different shapes and colors when the distant planets appear before your eyes. A bonus if your visit falls on the new moon: the darker the night, the more visible the stars. Services include a diner and a souvenir shop. Take a look at our Vicuna itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Observatorio Mamalluca and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Chile has some of the clearest skies in the world hence there best are lot of observatories. This is 1 of the best for doing public shows. There are offices in La Serena and vicuña. I booked it in vicuña and it cost 10,000 for a tour. You can do an English or Spanish tour. You get picked up and driven to observatory. The Spanish seemed to start with to show the English but which I took goes straight into looked through the telescope and observatory. It's a 4 metre scope so we saw stars, galaxies and clusters. After that we went outside and the guide pointed out some more stuff in the sky with a laser and we got to see through some other telescopes. A pretty good evening out. Bring some warm clothes as it can get chilly.
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  • Booked a tour in the local Vicuna city office. A quick and efficient process, though they should warn you that you have to pay extra to get a ride up to the observatory. It only amounted to an extra $...  more »
  • Anyone with even a passing interest in stargazing and/or astronomy should do this tour! It's purpose built to show people round which means the telescopes aren't industrial strength but it means the w...  more »
  • Nice observatorio with interesting informations. The group sizes are quite big. So you have to wait very long to get a look through the telescope.
  • Highly recommended for older kids
  • Fun ride, to learn a bit of astronomy. By telescopes are clearly the stars and planets. Do not expect a great projection. The sky looks beautiful at night. Hopefully carry cameras that can take astronomical pictures.
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  • Tremendous Panorama, to access the entries in the municicpalidad of vicuña alone must be purchased and buses leave from there up to the Observatory or you can come in your car, inside cue ta with bathrooms, Cafeteria and from there starts the Tour with a talk about the universe and what we are inside the. Then they will move on to telescopes to show the different plabetas and stars, then you will pass the great Observatory. I share my photo to the Moon recommended.
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  • While the guides are professional and they are only fans they are excellent. Miss tourism boom, a gift that can carry and say I was here. It is important to see the stars, but also to be an unforgettable experience.
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