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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

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Address: 57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
Phone Number: 541 598 4406
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Description: There’s no better place! The local elevation, pitch dark surrounding and...
There’s no better place! The local elevation, pitch dark surrounding and crystal clear air make it perfect for star gazing. You won’t be lining up for one telescope. The Oregon Observatory is the largest astronomical viewing facility in the United States. Feast your eyes on far away galaxies. Recognize the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. Witness a meteor shower. Get a glimpse of globular clusters, nebula and deep space binary stars.
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Stunning!!!!!

One of my favorite things to do on our entire 2 week Oregon vacation! Seeing the rings of Saturn was breathtaking, as were the moon craters and many nebula. I took a 10yo and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite things to do on our entire 2 week Oregon vacation! Seeing the rings of Saturn was breathtaking, as were the moon craters and many nebula. I took a 10yo and 7yo who thought it was super cool. It really is so awe inspiring and the staff is very helpful and friendly. A TIP: skip the 9:30... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The observatory is a not-to-miss attraction in central Oregon. The facility includes a dozen scopes from a few inches in diameter to a monster 30 incher. There is even solar viewing available. A visit includes a narrated presentation by one of the observatory staff, followed by a laser-guyed constellation tour. During the entire time all of the scopes are trained... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had a great time at the observatory. The short lecture was informative and entertaining. All of the staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful - checking in to tell us what we were viewing or repositioning the telescope if it had been bumped. We saw Saturn with its rings, nebulae, star nurseries, and more. Although it was quite... More 

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Portland OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Excellent experience - two experiences, actually. Daytime solar viewing is free and fascinating! They only have 2 telescopes set up, but its great viewing for sun spots and flairs, and not too busy. Evening viewing is amazing and is only a small cost - just being in central Oregon with little light pollution is fantastic, looking up into the Milky... More 

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Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

They have got a lot of really nice telescopes here and always have them pointed at incredible objects including galaxies, binary star systems, and star clusters that appear to be normal stars or very faint blurs with the naked eye. There are always interesting talks and the venue is set up really well for the amount of telescopes they have.... More 

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Kilcock, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Fantastic night time star gazing began at 9pm. Very crowded and very dark (obviously) so hard to navigate way around with young children. Definitely worth a visit though. Wear warm clothes as it's very cold at night. Go during the day with the kids to see the sun through a special telescope. Not as amazing as night time visit so... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I'm honestly baffled at these reviews. Makes me wonder who wrote them. We went expecting something cool. We paid $32 for myself, (40), a 20 yr old, a 16 yr old, 14 yr old. Girls and boys. We stayed maybe 15 minutes total from check in to leaving. I couldn't believe that was it. There were about 5 telescopes that... More 

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We visited the Observatory at Sunriver last week while staying in Sunriver and it was an extremely informative and enjoyable experience. The staff is so enthusiastic and so helpful and it's amazing to look through those large telescopes while they explain to you what you are seeing. I would highly recommend a visit to the Observatory for adults and children.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We've enjoyed stopping here and while there were able to see them launching rockets and caught a cool view of the sun. Great family place!

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Well worth the 8 buck fee this planetarium allows visitors a unique chance to look at the heavens through many telescopes with passionate volunteers offering explanations. Starting with a 30 minute well done intro to the sky, you then have chances to look at the sky with lots of help. Our visit was suboptimal due to a bright moon but... More 

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