Α guided journey to the night sky in Zagori area
Immerse yourself in the stunning surrounds, pristine night skies and sophisticated telescopes, as our expert guides share the science and stories of the Greek Night Sky
Deep sky observations in the clear thin air of the mountains. See through the eyepiece of a telescope, what is out there!
Zagori - part of Vikos-Aoos UNESCO Global Geopark - includes the spectacular Vikos Canyon
The observation site is near Oxya Viewpoint, an eleven minutes drive from Monodendri vilage. At an altitude of +1.330 m, best viewpoint of Vicos Canyon, the place is ideal for telescopes . You are required to have you own transportation
Alternatively we can host the activity at the facilities of a Private Observatory in Tymfi mountain area the exact location of which will be revealed upon request.
Highlights - Zagori Stargazing Experiece
- Duration: 2 – 3 hours
- Start: 21:00 (summer months)
- View of Vicos Canyon
- Observe Moon and Planets should they be in the sky
- Observe bright stars, learn their names, see star colours
- Green Laser Constellation Tour
- The Milky Way – probably the best naked eye wonder
- Deep Sky Observation: Thanks to our sophisticated telescopes we’ll observe a variety of deep sky objects, nebulae, star clusters, other distant galaxies – some even colliding – each containing 100s of billions of stars.
- Save images of the Cosmos directly on your mobile phone
- Perfect for beginners, and suitable for ages 6 and up
Meeting Point: We meet at 21:00 at Oxya Viewpoint parking, at the end of the road. A short 100 m walk leads us to the magnificent Vicos Canyon. In front of our eyes the history of Earth’s Crust is revealed. As it gets dark we get back to the telescopes.
Unistellar – eVscope
Private Observatory 14" (36 cm)
During an Astro Tour night we set up at least two telescopes:
- A Smith-Casegrain 8” (20cm) for observing Planets, the Moon and bright stars.
- Unistellar’s eVscope, incredibly powerful, new technology telescope that can observe deep sky objects even from urban environments. It can also transmit live images via WiFi so you can view and save images of the Cosmos directly on your mobile phone.
Prepare to be amazed!
We start by observing the Moon and the Planets should they be in the sky. We adjust the magnification to see the craters of the Moon up close. The tilted Rings of Saturn gives you a 3D perspective of the planet. We observe Jupiter belts and zones, along with it’s four largest satellites Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede (Saturn and Jupiter will be in the sky after July for 2021).
As it gets darker more and more stars appears in the sky. Time for a Green Laser Constellation Tour. We find Polaris and name bright stars and constellations. Along with the telescopes we see different star colours and learn about stellar evolution — sun like stars, white dwarfs and red super giants that one day will explode as supernova.
Stars are not eternal, our Sun will also turn into a red giant and then a white dwarf in the distant future.
While sharing the science and stories of the night sky, we start our deep sky tour with a planetary nebula, the death remnant of a sun like star. Then turning the telescopes to a variety of targets, nebulae, star clusters and other distant galaxies each containing 100s of billions of stars.
- Small groups for 2–8 participants, the cost is €300
- For larger groups contact us to make you an offer
Reservation is required for booking an event. Check our Calendar for free nights. Email or call us for reservation.
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- mobile +306972208032 Konstantinos Sakkas
- mobile +306979116676 Christos Sakkas
Even in Summer it can get cold during the night, especially at high altitude. Dress warmly for a pleasant experience!
Events are outdoors in the countryside with a limited number of people. All participants are required to wear a mask. We keep our distance from each other and the eyepieces are cleaned with antiseptic fluid before each observer. We are not allowed to touch the telescopes (in order not to move them out of target). Our sophisticated eVscope telescope has the ability to transmit live image via WiFi, so you can (apart from the eyepiece) directly view the targets on your mobile phone.
But what if it is cloudy?
If we are sure that the weather will be cloudy, we will inform you about postponing or cancelling the event. If the event is cancelled you get a full refund.
If we go to the observation site but we are not able to observe through the telescopes you get a 70% refund.