The Givatayim Observatory


The Givatayim Observatory was founded in 1968 by the Givatayim municipiality and the IAA.


Activities of the Givatayim Observatory:

(1) Public lectures and observations every Tuesday and Thursday at 20:00.
(2) Astronomy courses for adults, teenagers and children
(3) Seminars for teachers
(4) Hosting and promoting high school projects
(5) Research activities (e.g., NEOs, variable stars, extrasolar planets)


The observatory is placed on a hill (87m above sea level) inside a public park in Givatayim (Second Alyia Park, at the corner of Golomb and Beer Reshit Street). Givatayim is a town adjacent to Tel Aviv.


-Meade 16-inch LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope

-Meade 12-inch LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
-Meade 16-inch Starfinder Newtonian telescope
-6-inch Coude refractor
-Coronado 40mm PST
-Various smaller telescopes
-Meade DSI (color and pro version)


The main telescope (16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope) is located in a dome and is dedicated to imaging (Meade DSI) and to research. The other telescopes are operated on an observation terrace next to the dome. The sky in Givatayim is highly light polluted. The situation deteriorated during the last years due to new skyscrapers (Azrieli Center, City Gate, new government building etc.), which are illuminated from below by strong floodlights, sending their light cones into the sky. Moreover, during the last years the bad habbit of huge advertisement walls, also illuminated  by strong spotlights, became widespread. Many of these spotlights are misdirected, sending their light into the sky.


Since 1984 Igal Patel is the head of the observatory and of the IAA. The administrative manager of the observatory is Shony Lotan.


The observatory staff consists of about 20 people with specialities in different fields.



Phone: +972-3-5731152 (in the evenings, Israeli Standard Time = GMT+2)

Fax:   +972-3-7314345

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