Maka: How can one imagine a star tour with you?
Diego Lorenzoni: I start all my tours with the same question: have you ever seen the night sky together with an astronomer? This tells me which topics are interesting and relevant for the participants. Afterwards, we will go a little over 2,000 m above sea level, where we will have the best view of the night sky. Of course it is advisable to bring warm clothes, because the temperatures can drop strongly at night – even in summer. Otherwise there are the options of an organized guided tour in a larger group or a private tour, in which a practical part with the telescope is added. With it you can observe planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae and many other things that are thousands or even millions of light years away.
Maka: Should I already have some previous knowledge or can completely lay people take part in the guided tours?
Diego Lorenzoni: No, previous knowledge is not necessary. If the participants are interested in certain topics, I will of course try to respond to them. Also in their own language, I speak five of them myself: Italian, Spanish, English, German and French. Otherwise, all you need is patience and an open attitude, because even in nature not everything always works according to plan. Every night is unique. In return, you get the chance to see things that you have never before been able to observe so consciously and clearly.
Maka: What do you take with you from such an evening? Which experience do you think is most memorable for the participants of your star tours?
Diego Lorenzoni: Even after many years, one insight always seems to be the most impressive: how small we are in relation to the things that are above us. We know that stars and other bodies are bigger in space. But I have the feeling that after my guided tours, many people for the first time have an approximate idea of what dimensions we are really talking about.