The first and at the same time the only observatory in South Tyrol is located in the small village Gummer near Karneid in the region Eggental. It was opened in 2002 and it is named after Max Valier, a well-known astronomer and rocket pioneer born in Bozen.
Main attractions of the observatory are of course the telescopes, primarily a Cassegrain reflector telescope with 80 cm reflector diameter and light collecting area, which is 10,000 times larger than the one of the human eye. In order to watch stars and planets there are also two more telescopes and a cupola.
The sun observatory “Peter Anich” opens its doors on certain Sunday afternoons and is dedicated especially to the study of the centre of our solar system. It provides a cupola with a diameter of 4.2 m and a sun telescope. A two- to three-hour planet path with interesting information boards and a big, globular sun dial complete the offer of the observatory.
Every Thursday evening the observatory in Gummer offers guided tours – and that on fair weather days the whole year round, because a clear summer and winter sky has its own specialities. For the guided tours you have to register and you should put on warm clothes for the nocturnal star observation.
Admission prices for adults are 6 €, for scholars and students 3 €. Special conducted tours with flat fee of 100 € can be booked on Fridays.
Observatory Max Valier
Phone: +39 0471 610020 (Monday-Thursday 8-12 am and 2-5 pm, Friday 8-12 am)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (guided tours) or info@maxvalier (astronomic questions)