Discover the telescopes of the Roque de Los Muchachos Astrophysical Observatory, a prestigious scientific research center worldwide in the wonderful natural landscape of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
An astronomer and Starlight Guide will accompany you on this daytime visit at the very top of the highest mountain of La Palma, explaining in detail the characteristics of all the telescopes that we will find during the tour.
How these instruments work, what images are obtained, how astronomers work... are some of the many questions that we will answer during the visit.
We will start with a Sun observation through a portable amateur H-alpha telescope, equipped with a special astronomical filter, which protects our eyes while offering us a homogeneous illumination of the solar disk. In a totally safe way, we will be able to enjoy some phenomena that occur on the surface of our star, such as sunspots and protuberances*.
Astronomers also work during the day and not only overnight! There are astronomers specialized in observing the Sun and, in fact, at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory we have famous solar telescopes all over the planet.
We will continue the visit explaining why La Palma is a special place to enjoy its starry skies... in fact, the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world is right here!
Do not miss the opportunity to learn first-hand the most interesting anecdotes of the Gran Telescopio Canarias, or the most exciting scientific discoveries of the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo or the William Herschel Telescope.
In addition, we will approach on foot** the giant mirrors of the Cherenkov telescopes (MAGIC and LST-1), protagonists of High Energy astronomy.
Here we will take a very original souvenir photo: perhaps one of the most curious photos of your visit to the Roque de Los Muchachos telescopes! Would you like to find out which photo it is? Don't wait any longer, book this experience with us.
*The observation is subject to weather conditions. In case of cloudy sky, it is possible to observe the Sun live through NASA's SDO platform, to contemplate the above mentioned phenomena in detail.
**Short trail with uneven ground, approximately 50 meters long.
How to book (group tour):
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The Company reserves the right to modify the conditions or cancel the tour due to causes outside the sphere of its foreseeable control or events of force majeure.
CANCELLATION OR CHANGES BY THE COMPANY:
The tour could be cancelled due to weather alert or prealert, landslide or ice on the road, thunderstorm or if the minimum group of 4 people is not reached at the deadline. In any of the cases mentioned above, you will be noticed as soon as possible (please, remember to check your email and mobile phone on the same day of the tour before going to the Observatory). A reschedule (subject to availability) or a refund will be offered to you.
CANCELLATION OR CHANGES BY THE CUSTOMER (PRIVATE TOUR):
The cancellation of the reservation implies the loss of the deposit paid.
Free rescheduling until 48 hours before the beginning of the tour. Afterwards, changes requested by the client imply the loss of the deposit paid.
To modify their reservation the client must send us a written request via email only, indicating the date of the tour, name and surname, specifying their request: cancellation, reschedule (subject to availability) or other request.
In case of changes in the reservation (both by the customer and the Company), the above-mentioned cancellation policy will be applied: the client can modify their booking until 48 hours before the new date set for the tour. Afterwards, changes requested by the customer imply the loss of the deposit paid.
CANCELLATION OR CHANGES BY THE CUSTOMER (GROUP TOUR):
The customer can cancel his reservation at a charge of 50% of the total amount until 48 hours before the beginning of the tour. Afterwards, cancellations requested by the client will not be refunded.
The client can request changes to the date or the number of participants at no additional charge up to 48 hours before the beginning of the tour. Afterwards, changes will not be accepted.
To modify their reservation the client must send us a written request via email only, indicating the date of the tour, the booking number, name and surname, specifying their request: cancellation, reschedule (subject to availability) or other request.
In case of changes in the reservation (both by the customer and the Company), the above-mentioned cancellation policy will be applied: the client can modify their booking until 48 hours before the new date set for the tour. Afterwards, changes requested by the customer imply the loss of the amount paid.
By reserving the tour and paying the corresponding amount, you confirm that you have read and accepted our cancellation policy.
Refunds will be made exclusively via the same payment method within 7 working days.