Welcome to the website of Mount Chiran
Located at 1905 meters above sea level, in the heart of the Verdon Regional Nature Park, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Mount Chiran's astronomical observatory & refuge is welcoming hikers and curious ones about the sky, for an unforgettable evening underneath the stars !
Feet on the ground…
Former elevation site created in 1967 by the astronomical observatory of Hautes-Provences and devoted to photometry, the Mount Chiran observatory & refuge has an excellent sky quality and a remarkable atmospheric stability.
Today dedicated to the reception of the public, the cupola and the refuge are open from May to September, for a stay of one or more nights, during your hikes, or to contemplate the heavens.
During the day, we will offer you a shelter and something to quench your thirst at a well-deserved stopover !
The orientation table will allow you to locate you in one of the most beautiful 360° panoramas of the Alps !
In front of you, 1/5th of France unfolds !
Mediterranean, Mercantour, Écrins, Dévoluy, Barronies, Mount-Ventoux, Cévennes, Lubéron, Sainte-Victoire, the massifs of Sainte-Baume and of Maures... and even a little incursion in the South-West by a very clear weather, until the massif of Canigou in the Pyrennees !
...head in the stars.
At the end of the night, an astronomy animator will guide you on a "heavenly hike" to reveal its beauty and immensity.
You will be able to take the time to stay for a full night to observe with the 406 mm diameter telescope, open at F/d 4.5 : nebulae, galaxies, globular clusters, Moon and planets...
While waiting to discover for yourself the Chiran, I wish you a good visit of our Internet site.