Cantonal Pearl Adventure since 2011

Dear friends,

We should like to let you know, that, after 10 successful years, the Alpine Astrovillage - Center for astrophotography and stargazing in the Alps - stops its program by December 1, 2019.

We are returning to our original profession, the study of neurodegenerative diseases and the development of new therapeutic approaches. This requires a move to California. Of course, astrophotography remains with us as a fascinating hobby and, who knows, we might offer in the future some of our courses for the public at our new location - if there will be any interest. The planned trip to Namibia in 2020, which is already booked out, will take place as scheduled.

We thank all for the trust and the friendship during all these years. Through the Astrovillage, we got the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people.

Clear skies,

Vaclav and Jitka

The valley Prättigau is situated in the eastern part of the canton Graubünden, known for its beautiful nature and the lowest population density in Switzerland. Here, the conditions for practical astronomy are optimal. The AAV Center is located in the county of Luzein that has very low air and light pollution. The sky is wide open and transparent with a good seeing.

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Alpine Astrovillage photography from near and far

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Bayerischer Rundfunk about us

in German

Source:  Euroblick, a broadcast of the Bayerische Rundfunk

Link:  br.de/fernsehen/bayerisches-fernsehen/sendungen/euroblick/daenemark-fluechtlinge-euroblick-104.html

Text:  Antje Drinnenberg, First Hand Journalism

Alpine Astrovillage - Swissinfo.ch

in English

Stargazing and astrophotography

for beginners and advanced

Are you fascinated by the nightsky? And yet, because of all the city lights and smog, you can hardly find a spot where to admire it.

This is a good reason why to visit our observatory in the Alps, where light pollution is minimal and the conditions for astronomy are excellent.

During multi-day courses you learn orientation in the night sky and how to take images of mysteriously beautiful deep sky objects.

And if you love travelling to the darkest sites on Earth and to visit the most famous observatories on the planet, come along and join our small photo travel groups.

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Alpine Astrovillage

Member of the Science-Guide of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences