Star Party at Negev Desert on March 31st 2006

The Star Party took place inside of the so called "crater" about 15km South of the town of Micpe Ramon. The "crater" it is rather a kind of canion 40km long, 8km wide and 300m deep situated right in the middle of the Negev Desert.For more information visit following site:

Some photographs. Click the thumbnails to see the pictures.

Preparations and the scenery around the observation site


The night came. Standing at 13"Dob.

Three views of the night sky in the South direction...
Early, soon after sunset, 2 hours later (with Vela & Puppis) and about midnight (when Centaurus rose)

... and their respective descriptions

Some other pictures of the Micpe-Ramon viewing point & Maktesh Ramon Nature Reserve