‘Night Tour’ rents you a Google Pixel for astrophotography

Stargazing increasingly requires you to move far from lights. In Japan is Google present a”night tour” Event where you can go to a ticketed location and rent a pixel for astrophotography.

The village of Achi in Nagano Prefecture is home to a site that sits at an altitude of 1,400 meters and requires a 15-minute gondola ride. It is considered “the best star-gazing spot in Japan”.

For the upcoming stargazing season (from December 24, 2022 to March 26, 2023) “Google Pixel” and the Japanese provider SoftBank “present” this “Night Tour”. The site is already ticketed, but the first 100 people can now get a “special package plan that allows you to rent a set of Google Pixel smartphones, winter clothes and a tripod to take pictures of the starry sky for free”.

Average tickets Start at $15 with different window periods, while it’s not clear which generation of Pixels – presumably the 7 Pro – will be rented out. Another question is how photos, which can easily run into the gigabytes, will be transferred at the end of the night. Some sort of Google Drive or Photos solution would be most ideal.

It’s a pretty good idea for everyone involved and could be replicated at other locations that regularly offer good stargazing. In the meantime, this is a good way for Google (and carrier partners) to promote Night Sight on the Pixel.

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John Walker

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