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W.M. Keck Observatory

Mauna Kea volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-881-3827
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
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Los Angeles, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We weren't able to go to the mountaintop and see the actual mirrors/lenses. But the visitors area in Waimea had amazing photos and the guide there showed us some of the most amazing work the Keck Telescopes did. It is worth 30 minutes to see the awesome science happening in Hawaii

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Denver, Colorado
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229 reviews 229 reviews
56 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Was not able to drive to the top of Mauna Kea, but visited the Keck Observatory Offices lobby in downtown Waimea which had many displays and gifts and lobby host Liz gave us a complete run down on activities current and past. We were thrilled with all the information. Next time we will get a 4WD for the drive to... More

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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

read desp4vacay information regarding the observatory it is very informative. My additional comments are:- the road across to the observatory has been resurfaced so it is in reasonable condition. Make sure you have trainers on your feet as the walk up the hill to see the sunset is not a smooth path - take a torch/flashlight to light your way... More

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NJ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Be sure to have a full tank of gas before you head up to the observatory. There are no places to stop once you start up the mountain. We headed up around 5pm, and went to the observatory. They had a little gift shop there along with an informative video about the hiking and summit and some projects that their... More

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

As my son said. Its great to see so much money devoted to peaceful science! This is a great and literal window into another universe - in a beautifully rugged and remote place. The public viewing enclosure at the telescope is worth a look. The top of the mountain with its gleaming silver and white domes set against the reds... More

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enola
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I Believe this is out of everything I have ever done, see on vacation. This is # 1. The space you are in, you feel you are touching the stars. To be that high up and not in airplain, is out of this world. You can touch the clouds, see snow in Hawaii and the darkest black that you would... More

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

If you can get up there and it's clear, and it's not snowing you are in for a treat! When I first went up there we felt like we were in a different world! The view is of the entire island and some of the other islands. Construction of multiple observatories is ongoing and they are spectacular .you should remember... More

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Corvallis
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

We wanted to see the "Megga Moon" from the top of Hawaii. After a stop at the visitor's center to acclimate and watch a video we were off to the top. It was very cold and my oldest daughter and I acclimated just fine, but my husband and youngest daughter had a hard time. The observatory tour was very interesting.... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We went to summit on our own on a 4wheel drive.you can see observatories on summit.its cold n snowed on that day.on clear days u can spend more time .

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

We visited the observatory on Sunday the 15th since we read on line that we should join an escorted tour of the summit (only on Saturday and Sunday). We start climbing around 1500hrs after a safety briefing and a video about summit. Weather was not good visibility was not more than 10ft when we start climbing. You must have 4x4... More

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