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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
541 598 4406
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Sunriver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Owner description: There’s no better place! The local elevation, pitch dark surrounding and crystal clear air make it...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Sunriver, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You'll be amazed at the array of telescopes and viewing apparatus available for just the price of admission. This is a totally "hands on" kind of place where stargazers of all levels will be able to see the wonders of our solar system (Saturn is always a favorite) up close and personal. The volunteers are enthusiastic and helpful, and the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We in town for a conference and the conference staff recommended visiting this observatory and I am so glad we did! It was a partly overcast evening so there was no charge. We couldn't see everything but the views we did have were great! The staff was phenomenal and the presentation was "out of this world" ;) but really, it... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We where there for the two hour star party and got to see several star clusters, jupiter, and a very big bright moon. Lots of scopes set up with expert astronomers to tell you about the sights. Great for kids 10 and over who are interested in science. Small fee to get in, see their web site for details. And... More 

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Mukilteo, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was something I always wanted to do. The observatory is not open all year. It is small, but worth it. We viewed the sun through different filters, the day viewing was free, the night a small charge.

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Olympia, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Our group arrived at 8:00 and viewed Mars and Saturn in the telescopes. We then listened to a half hour presentation on Mars before returning to the telescopes to view the night sky. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and informative. This was my favorite Sunriver activity!

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Carmel, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had NO idea how many telescopes this facility had nor how many superbly informed staff there were on hand to answer numerous questions. We were able to observe Mars, Saturn and a nearly full moon in addition to a couple of globular clusters (one with over a million stars for heavens sake). The 30-minute presentation in the theater provided... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We love both the daytime solar viewing (free!) and the evening programs at the observatory. An amazing experience to view through these world-class scopes and the volunteers are fantastic. Only suggestion is that the evening presentation on this trip was a repeat from our last trip (life on Mars) and so mixing it up more would be nice for repeat... More 

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pdxdesi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Driving to Sunriver in the evening made us aware of the dark star filled sky. We spent 1-2 hours every night on the patio gazing at stars and constellations identifying them with Google Sky. Even saw a couple of shooting stars and a satellite go by. Too bad I found out about the observatory on the last day we were... More 

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Seguin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Great place... Got to see Saturn's rings for my first time... Dark enough to see a lot of the milky way.. They had about 10 telescopes lined up first come first serve. Never know what they are going to see. I even point out the ISS flying over to be every one.. A little noisy with the kids... But most... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Fun, informative & inexpensive. Amazing views of the stars and planets. Laser light show was fun and my family and I learned a lot.

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