Arcadian Astronomical Observatory (Astro-tourism)

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Astronomy and natural phenomenon tourism is not a new concept. People have been travelling for centuries to visit the ancient observatories at Stonehenge and Machu Picchu, and head into the Tuscan hills to see what Galileo saw through one of the world’s first telescopes. Indeed, the constellations and the zodiac were mapped out long before the invention of the telescope.


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Perhaps the lure of attempting to understand a phenomenon over which we have no control is part of the attraction of astronomy. Today, this intrigue has been transformed into a form of tourism that, although being a niche, it follows events so great that mankind can have no impact on their existence. While the effect of tourism on the earth’s fragile ecosystems continues to generate much debate, the products that make up astrotourism are almost untouchable, and remain one of the world’s great certainties. The precise time of an eclipse, the passing of a commit, solar flares and many more astronomical phenomena are known years in advance.


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As remote locations around the world become more accessible, and demand for unique experiences increases, more and more destinations offering access to natural spectacles will experience increased visitor numbers from around the world. Astrotourism is diverse in so far as some events (such as eclipses, comets) are outside of the control of destinations, while others (such as stargazing) can be developed if the conditions are right.


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Ideally located in the center of the Peloponnese on an altitude of 900m, with ideal Dark-Sky conditions, Asea, an Arcadian village is an ideal destination for astronomical observations and star gazing. In 2013, a group of Engineers and Scientists from Asea, got together and we formed a nonprofit organization named, the “Association of Astrophysics of Asea”. Since then, the association has organized many seminars, lectures and astronomy nights with large telescopes, providing the children living in the region as well as the local population, a chance to learn and experience the wonders of the night sky and educate them in Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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To further develop our educating capabilities and also to help develop and support astro-tourism in our region, we have created an innovative design of a 3 meter dome and we are planning to construct this 3 meter dome observatory in a very beautiful hill next to to Asea's elementary school.


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Our Association’s civil and electrical engineering members have completed the architectural, electrical and electronic designed for the observatory and will fully supervise its construction. In addition, the city council of Tripolis (Arcadia) has unanimously granted our Association the right of use of the land site selected for the construction of the observatory at the top of the hill, next to the school of Asea. All these contributions have reduced the total cost of construction to 1/3 of the price it would have otherwise costed. In other words, the funding we are seeking for the construction of the observatory will cover only, the cost of the materials, the cost of the specialized workers needed in the construction process and the purchase of the telescope and necessary computer system.


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Our observatory will be mounted with a 12' Schmidt Cassegrain telescope capable of connecting to a computer and a camera. The telescope will be strong enough to allow us to obtain great views of planets, nebulas, globular and open star clusters, galaxies and very deep sky objects, while at the same time it will display on the computer screen the images for the purpose of making it easier for students and astro-enthusiasts to "get right to it" and have fun so that they can become enthusiastic about Science and the diversity of the world around us. Astro-tourists, will be able to make a brief video of what they observed as well as take pictures of astronomical sites that are of particular interest to them.


Strategically located between Tripoli and Kalamata, the observatory of Asea will be the only regional observatory open to the public in the Peloponnese. Additionally, because Asea is also a place full with archeological treasures, ancient temples and beautiful chestnut and oak forests, we expect that the observatory will not only act as a beacon attracting astro-tourists from all over Europe seeking to admire its breathtaking night sky, but will also generate interest among scholars that prefer remote, quiet and relaxing places to hold their specialized conferences.



All the above lead us to the conclusion that this project fulfills all the necessary requirements that will make it a success and a point of attraction in the region.





Project Plan

Development Issues:

Having obtained the City councils approval to utilize the selected land site for the construction of the observatory, we do not foresee any issues that could cause the delay of the construction, once we have procured the necessary financing.

Funding Goal:

3000.00

Company Profile

We are located in:

Arcadia

Number of Jobs:

3

Company Description

The scientific Association of Astrophysics of Asea was founded in 2013 and became a legal entity in 2015. It consists of members who have have a degree in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics and come from Arcadia. The base of the association is Asea, a mountain village, 20km south of Tripolis, the capital of Arcadia and at the center of Peloponnese. Dimitris Dimopoulos is the general secretary of the administrative committee of the association, he received his diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technological University of Athens in 2007 with specialisation in hydraulic constructions and enviroment. He has participated as an engineer, in construction projects in Greece, Norway and Bulgaria and he has written enviromental essays for Arcadia. In 2013 he has excelled in the academic entrance exams and was admitted in the Physics department of the University of Athens, where he studies astrophysics. He is a founder member of the Astrophysics Association of Asea.

Backers (57)

  1. Helen Drousias 
    10 months ago
    50 €
  2. Anargyros Drousias 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  3. Hariklia Drousias (Frangou) 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  4. Hariklia Drousias (ioannou) 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  5. Sofia/Stella Gkatsou/Tsakoniati 
    10 months ago
    50 €
  6. VASILEIA VASILEIOU 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  7. Hariklia Drousas (ioannou) 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  8. Anargyros Drousias 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  9. Hariklia Drousias (Frangou) 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  10. Konstantina Liargkova 
    10 months ago
    20 €
  11. Myrto Kyriakidou 
    11 months ago
    100 €
  12. Konstantinos Seretis 
    11 months ago
    20 €
  13. Dimosthenis Chouliaras 
    11 months ago
    50 €
  14. Nikos Kaimakis 
    11 months ago
    20 €
  15. Vassilia Fassouli 
    11 months ago
    50 €
  16. Konstantina Georgaki 
    11 months ago
    50 €
  17. GEORGIA KARAPAPA 
    11 months ago
    20 €
  18. Ilias Bilionis 
    11 months ago
    100 €
  19. ΗΛΙΑΣ Κ. ΦΡΑΓΚΟΣ 
    12 months ago
    50 €
  20. Katerina Skoulikari 
    12 months ago
    20 €
  21. Iason Mitsios 
    12 months ago
    50 €
  22. ATHINA DIMOPOULOU 
    12 months ago
    20 €
  23. Izabella Vlasopoulou 
    12 months ago
    50 €
  24. Dimosthenis Vlasopoulos 
    12 months ago
    50 €
  25. Antonis Vlasopoulos 
    12 months ago
    50 €
  26. Babis Bonaros 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  27. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΑΝΝΑ ΣΠΗΛΙΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  28. Konstantinos Oikonomopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  29. Panos Pantelidis 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  30. Christina Dimopoulou Sava 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  31. Aristidis Dimopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  32. Aristidis Dimopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  33. Vassilis Papanastasiou 
    1 year ago
    20 €
  34. Konstantinos Anastasiou 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  35. Sofia Gkatsou 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  36. Tassos Tzioumis 
    1 year ago
    500 €
  37. ALEXANDROS PILIOUNIS 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  38. ANTHI MILTIADES BOTSIS 
    1 year ago
    100 €
  39. ATHINA DIMOPOULOU 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  40. Charalampos/Bilili Lamprou/vasiliki 
    1 year ago
    100 €
  41. katerina polychroniou 
    1 year ago
    20 €
  42. Vassilis Papanastasiou 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  43. Antonis Mitropoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  44. Petroula Sepeta 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  45. Marguerite Christopoulos-Halbig 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  46. IOANNIS DIMOPOULOS 
    1 year ago
    500 €
  47. Ελενη Δρουσια 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  48. SOTIRIOS CHRISTOPOULOS 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  49. Pelagia Botsi 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  50. Athanassios Piliounis 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  51. James Christopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  52. Ioannis Liargkovas 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  53. Nick Hondos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  54. Anastasia Piliouni 
    1 year ago
    20 €
  55. Athanasios Dimopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  56. Thanasis Dimopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €
  57. Dimitris
    Dimitris Dimopoulos 
    1 year ago
    50 €

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