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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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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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We love the Observatory!!!

We love the Oregon Observatory. My family and I visit several times a year. This year we bought the yearly membership and what a value. The staff is awesome and always does a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
Larry M
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Bend, Oregon

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We love the Oregon Observatory. My family and I visit several times a year. This year we bought the yearly membership and what a value. The staff is awesome and always does a wonderful job with the presentations. My kids are 11, 10, and 5, and each one loves it. If I ever ask if they want to head out... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Enjoyed my visit to the Oregon Observatory with my grandson's school class! The presentations were excellent, and the opportunity for hands on viewing was great.

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We did this because my husband enjoys looking at the night sky. We drove from Bend and had a difficult time finding the place at dusk - without GPS I think we'd still be driving around the area. We went on a night that was partially cloudy, so viewing in the 8+ telescopes was limited but the volunteer staff did... More 

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Bonsall, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We had such a great time at the Observatory! The volunteers were so passionate about cosmology, it made it fun. Love a crisp fall night under the stars!

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Thank MCAND32
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

They provide a nice program at night. The cost is Ok for the program. They try to set up at least 10 various powered telescopes and focus on planets and star clusters that are best seen that night. During the day for no cost they place a couple of special telescopes that let you look at the sun.

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Thank ECaldeira
Bay Area, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

My husband and daughter attended an evening event at the observatory and loved it. There was a very knowledgeable staff member there and everyone got ample time on the telescope. It seemed like an activity that would be good for all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

I visited with my husband. It was well worth the $8 admission price. The staff was very knowledgeable and the presentations were pretty funny too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

It is well worth taking a few hours one evening when you are in the Bend, OR area to go and check out the night sky ar this observatory at Sunriver. The staff was friendly, informative and loved sharing their knowledge. Through the approx. 15 telescopes we were able to see planets, star clusters, and my favorite...the Andromeda Galaxy. Amazing!... More 

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Portland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is a very nice observatory that takes advantage of the low ground light levels in Sunriver. Their are quite a few volunteers manning the telescopes and the do a great job describing what you are seeing. We adults were entertained and our 6 year old grandson thought it was great. Check times as it is not always open.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

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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