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The night sky over the Dolomites

A different kind of holiday

We, the Demetz family, are passionate amateur astronomers. It would be a surprise if we weren’t, given we offer such an unusual activity at our hotel. We’ve been advocating the appropriate lighting at our hotel in Santa Cristina Val Gardena for years… outdoor lighting which allows the best possible conditions for stargazing. 

We’ve also been the proud owners of our own hotel observatory since 2011 – a remote control system which can even be used from the comfort of your own hotel room. To make this phenomenal experience of the Dolomites even better, for a small fee you may also use this system for astrophotography. This would be quite a special souvenir, wouldn’t it? A stellar reminder of your unforgettable, indescribable holiday in the heart of the Dolomites.

There are also some great viewing spots away from the hotel such as, for example, our own outdoor observatory with rolling roof. Experienced amateur astronomers may use this facility each evening to look at the stars. Our facility’s MPC observatory code is K75.
The mostly dry air and clear nights in the Dolomites guarantee unique astronomical moments.
 
A further, new location for exciting astronomical moments is our roof terrace with four concrete pillars and an adapter, where our guests may use their own equipment. The requisite system for controlling the equipment remotely from the bedrooms will be installed soon. Each column has two shockproof sockets, an RJ-45 network socket and an Astromann adapter plate.

To complement your astro-holiday even more, each Thursday we put on a trip to the Max Valier observatory in San Valentino in Campo, near Bolzano. Alternatively, we can whisk you away to the Seceda, our partner Alpine shack, near the Gran Odla mountain. Right in the middle of the mountains, where there’s no light pollution. Here, the sky is especially dark and you can enjoy an almost undisturbed panoramic view of the horizon.

Our astronomy fans can use the following equipment:

Cassegrain observatory:
  • 20" Newton-Cassegrain with 4" corrector, focal length 3414mm
  • ASA DDM85XL direct drive mount on bent pier
  • FLI ProLine 16803 CCD with LRGB Ha7 O3 S2 filters from Baader

ASA 12" f/3.6 observatory:
  • 12“ ASA Newton f/3.6 (with Wynne corrector), focal length 1.080mm
  • ASA DDM60Pro direct drive mount on concrete pier
  • 16200 G3 Moravian CCD camera wtih LRGB Ha7 O3 S2 filters from Baader

 

Additionally we also offer acess to two remotely operable observatories located in Spain - which is very convenient if the local weather doesn't collaborate and one still wants to work with the telescopes.


ASA 14.5" f3.6 REMOTE

  • 14.5“ Newton f/3.6 (with Wynne corrector), focal length 1.330mm (mirrors from Alluna Optics)
  • ASA DDM85-XL direct drive mount on concrete pier
  • FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD camera with LRGB Ha7 O3 S2 filters from Baader
  • Location: Spain

 

Veloce 200RH f/3 REMOTE

  • 200mm Officina Stellare Veloce RH Ricciardi Honders Astrograph (focal length 600mm)
  • ASA DDM60Pro direct drive mount on concrete pier
  • SBIG 8300 CCD camera with LRGB Ha7 filters from Astrodon
  • Location: Spain

 

OTA:
  • Borg 77ED refractor
  • 16" Infinity Dobson with tracking platform and GoTo
  • Orion SkyQuest XX12g 12" f/4,9 GoTo Dobson

Astronomy rates 2017-2018
  Rate per day
Rental time (days)  1-2 3-6 >= 7
Cassegrain 20" f/9 110,00€ 100,00€ 85,00€
ASA 12" f/3.6 70,00€ 60,00€ 55,00€
Remote 14,5" f/3.6 Spain 70,00€ 60,00€ 55,00€
Remote Veloce 200RH Spain 70,00€  60,00€ 55,00€
Borg 77ED (OTA) 35,00€ 30,00€ 25,00€
16" Dobson Infinity with accessories 60,00€ 50,00€ 40,00€
SkyQuest Dobson 45,00€ 40,00€ 30,00€
Sternwarte (leer, mit Betonsäule) 15,00€ 10,00€ 8,00€

In case weather is bad and one of the remotely operated observatories is available one can switch to the remote one for the night with no additional charges.

 
 
Contact
Hotel Interski Via Cisles 51 39047 S. Cristina  - Italy Phone +39 0471 79 34 60 Fax +39 0471 79 33 91