High up on Mount Kanobili you will find the Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, one of the best observatories in the Caucasus region. It features a total of seven telescopes, built in the Soviet eras from 1932 to 1978. Due to the altitude of 1700m and it’s remote location, there are ideal conditions for stargazing.
Be sure to visit the observatory at night, where you can check out the small museum and take a tour around the place before trying your hand at spotting some planets or constellations with one of their old school telescopes. When it’s being operated, the telescope dome opens up to reveal the sky, while the platform that the telescope rests on swivels, its mechanisms whirring and creaking with age. It’s an almost eery experience, but one you certainly won’t forget!
With the highest point being 2200 meters above sea level you’ll be awestruck by the stunning views into the misty valleys and forests below. Feel like a rest? Here you’ll find plenty of spots to kick back and relax with a picnic, or even set up camp for the night.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!