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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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Amazing viewing experience

Really experienced folks with genuine enthusiasm of space and celestial bodies ! Great experience and a must visit ...

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Really experienced folks with genuine enthusiasm of space and celestial bodies ! Great experience and a must visit ...

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Portland, Oregon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We've visited the Oregon Observatory several times over the years, and we intend to keep coming back. There are few places in Oregon where you can go to get such a fine view of the night sky. The combination of the high altitude and lack of light pollution due to the distance from large urban centers, makes the Sunriver area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was our third trip to Sunriver but our first to the Observatory. It was incredible. So many telescopes that allowed us to see Jupiter and Venus and lots of star clusters and many other things. The staff was awesome and we were lucky enough to have them use their lasers that pointed out the International Space Station as it... More 

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Montesson, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It was a great experience : it was fun and informative not too say impressive to realize how small we are in the universe. The staff was very friendly and funny and they answered in a comprehensive way all of our questions. Observing Saturn was definitely the best!

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Bend, Oregon
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We visited to Observatory last night, and had a great time even though it was snowing. We may or may not have been pressured into writing this review by some lovely staff members, but we had such a great time we decided to write in anyway. The girl with the knit headband was extremely punny, firing off puns left and... More 

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Sunriver, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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19 reviews 19 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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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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