Updated: Jun 22
How do I book? Just look at the calendar at astrotours.org/booking and shoot me an email, text, or call to firstname.lastname@example.org, or 303.324.5831
be sure to say: your name, the night you would like to book, how many you are trying to book for, and a way to contact you with weather updates and directions before the tour.
I will put you in on my records as a booking for the night you selected and send you an email thanking you for booking my tour.
I will send you another message a day or two before the tour with a weather update.
You can complete payment in person or on my website at astrotours.org/payments Could you add room for an extra person or two?
I usually can make room for a few extra on most tours, just contact me at email@example.com or 303.324.5831 to be sure.
Can you add availability on a certain day?
I usually can add a tour to days that are not listed on my calendar, as long as the request is made well ahead of time (this usually requires contacting more than a week before the desired date, the more advance the request is given the more likely I will be able to accommodate it. just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.324.5831 to be sure. What is the Address?
Please only come out to the site if you have a confirmed booking, walk ups are rejected if the tour is full. If you look up "Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead" In Google maps is the best way to find it. Unfortunately, the address I have for the place gets people lost more often than not. The address is 3900 Longhorn Rd DO NOT put this address in tom-tom, apple maps, or any GPS without making sure it is the same place that comes up when you google "Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead" and/or in the location map given by AirBnB.
The coordinates are: 40°04'48.2"N 105°15'47.7"W Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Boulder+Valley+Ranch+Trailhead,+Sage+Trail,+Boulder,+COemail@example.com,-105.2627726,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x47a7634265f48ce1!8m2!3d40.079893!4d-105.2627726 Apple maps: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=boulder+valley+ranch+trailhead&t=canonical&ia=web&iaxm=maps
To be extra sure you can send me a screenshot of the GPS location and I will tell you if it's right.
How much is a tour?
I ask $40 per person. I offer half price for anyone 12 and under, and free for 2 and under. I am very approachable to adjust prices further in genuine cases of need, if the request is accompanied by a smile. :)
I’d like to know more about the tour:
Tours start at sunset and last 2hrs. I start with a talk about the telescopes and looking at a few twilight objects. Then there's a 30 to 45min astronomy talk where, I will teach you how to navigate with the stars, point out some constellations with my lazer and share their stories as we let our eyes adjust to the night. Next is ~45 min of telescope time where we get to look at: planets, constellations, satellites, nebula, clusters, galaxies, maybe some shooting stars, and our universe. I end with a 15min q&a and a last few objects (I love looking at things in the telescopes so, guests are free to stay as late as they like and I will keep pointing telescopes at things, answering questions, and talking, as long as there's an audience).
What’s the Weather looking like?:
I'll keep you posted with weather reports as the day of the tour gets closer These is usually my most trusted source if you want to keep track of it with me: Natl weather service here: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?w0=t&w1=td&w2=wc&w3=sfcwind&w3u=1&w4=sky&w5=pop&w6=rh&w7=rain&w8=thunder&w9=snow&w10=fzg&w11=sleet&w13u=0&w16u=1&w17u=1&pqpfhr=6&psnwhr=6&AheadHour=0&Submit=Submit&FcstType=graphical&textField1=40.0822&textField2=-105.2428&site=all&unit=0&dd=&bw=
And (weather underground) here: https://www.wunderground.com/hourly/us/co/boulder/date/2019-07-30/KCOBOULD86?cm_ven=localwx_hour
What happens when the weather looks bad?
I give as much heads up as possible if it is looking like it might be cloudy 3 to 4 days out: Don't panic, weather reports are notoriously wrong here in Colorado. I don't make any calls until the day before the tour, and I will keep my eye on it as the day gets closer.
If I see a tour day isn’t looking that clear 3-4 days out I send a message warning guests and advising on days that have better weather and has room to add extra guests.
I offer worry free booking so if you wish to rebook or refund your tour at anytime that is 100% fine. I also guarantee satisfaction with my tour so if you do come and we are clouded out or for any reason you are not satisfied, just let me know and I'll issue a full refund.
I'll keep you posted if the forecast changes in the next few days
1 to 2 days before the tour: If the weather report hasn’t changed much and it is a day or two before the tour send a message informing guests that cancellation is likely and offering days to rebook.
I might hold off officially calling the tour off if it looks to be clearing a little, in hopes it will continue to clear.
I often will add an additional tour on a day which looks to be the more clear at this point and encourage anyone that’s able to rebook to do so
Within 24hrs of the tour:If the weather is still cloudy, we will have to cancel
If you are unable to rebook I will put your refund in shortly after letting you know it has ben canceled, let me know if you do not receive a refund within 24hrs.
Is there any hiking or walking involved?
Nope, No hiking required. the Tour takes place a trailhead parking lot, you will be less than 75ft from your car, and the ground is flat. I provide chairs for you to sit in during most of the show, and can assist you getting around if needed. Most of the telescopes require standing to use, however I can show the same things in more accessible telescopes if needed, and you will be able to sit during telescope time if needed as well. Please let me know if more wheelchair accessible telescopes are needed.
I will be staying in Denver how should I get to the tour?