And the sky reveals its secrets ...
Initiation evening
Being an astronomical educator for many years, I realized that very few people have already observed the sky in a real telescope. Just seeing the lunar craters in detail, the satellites of Jupiter or the rings of Saturn gives the visitors a memory they never forget, indeed they observe, IN TRUE, other worlds located just above of their heads ...
These evenings are included with all two days minimum stays in lodging or rooms of hosts in the Refuge aux étoiles.

This includes:
-The visit of our observatory.
-The telescope observation of visible stars during the early evening, planets, deep sky objects (function of the time of year)

Duration: 15 minutes
Suitable for children from 8 years old.

Private evening "Let's dive into the stars"
Do you want to experience a real night of unforgettable astronomical observation? 
The private party "Let's dive into the stars" is made for you ... 
On the program for your evening: 
-Presentation of our astronomical observatory and the equipment (telescopes, 40 and 30 cm telescopes ....) that we will use to observe the sky. 
-Travel in space (solar system and beyond) and in time ("the further I look, the more I look into the past ...") 
-Observations with telescopes. 
-Dive into the sky and locate constellations with a laser. 
-Manipulate a giant sky map to understand the various celestial movements. 
-Let's tackle together the notions of astrophysics by means of observations. 
-Let's use a nocturlabe to know the time at night ... as in the past! 
During this evening of observation we will observe stars, planets that we will observe with an impressive 400 mm telescope to reveal their details. 
Then we will visit more distant and mysterious objects like nebulae and star clusters of our Milky Way. 
We will go so far as to scrutinize other galaxies neighboring our own. 
We will walk in the sky for 1 hour and 30 minutes at your own pace, answering your questions about the cosmos in which we are immersed. 
Take the time to observe and ask your questions, the evening is exclusively reserved for you. 
Observation program depending on the season.

Prices for your private night:
119 € from 1 to 6 people.
Open to all.
To book in low-season, please contact us.
Suitable for children from 8 years old.
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Sun observation
Astronomy is also practiced during the day !!!

Wanting to know more about our star, we invite you to book a sun observation during your stay.
We start by recalling the safety instructions for solar observation, then we will observe its surface with the naked eye (filter), then by means of glasses and telescopes. Maybe we'll see the famous sunspots. What is it about? What is their origin?
We will change instrument to locate solar protuberances, what are these parts of the sun, what do they correspond to?
We will use a spectroscope to analyse the chemical component of the sun.
We will discuss together in order to understand the energy source of our sun which allows it to shine and light us up. We will also discuss the place of the sun in the sky, the seasons, the sundials ...
Prices: € 50 from 1 to 6 people, open to all. From the age of 8.
40 minutes.
Telescope service
Getting started with your astro material
You just bought a telescope and have trouble using it?
Do not hesitate and book an evening at Refuge aux étoiles for us to guide you in these first steps.

Duration: 1H30
Price: 119 €
Valid for 1 to 2 people and 1 telescope.
astrophotography service
Getting started with your astrophotography setup
The start of an astrophoto setup is relatively complex to start (APN, CCD, guidance, filters, software ...)
If you want to be guided for your first steps, we propose you an personalized evening at Refuge aux étoiles.

Duration: 2H30 
Price: 179 €
Valid for 1 to 2 people and 1 setup.
astronomy workshop
Personalized traineeship

For all requests about more specific traineeship, contact us.
We can offer several days traineeship on topics that interest you: the solar system, observation tools, the night landscape photo, the deep sky photo or the high resolution global photo...

We propose also traineeship with AFA partnership "1 2 3 stars".
Do not hesitate to let us know your desires and we will tell you how we can answer them.

More informations about astronomy activities? please use the form below.
Do you have questions about astronomical animations or accommodation? Contact us!

Tél : +336 01 80 39 26  /  +335 63 65 64 36

Le refuge aux étoiles
82140 Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val


How to get to Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val?

To reach le Refuge aux étoiles: by car, from Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val head for the cave Bosc (D75), then cross the hamlet of Bosc de la Cam and take the direction Foyt, go to end of the small road, you are there !!!

GPS: with Mappy, Tom Tom or Google maps simply enter "Le Refuge aux étoiles".