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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
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... more » 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. « less
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Seguin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We went almost as an afterthought, turned out to be one of the best experiences of our week at Sunriver. A bit crowded, but well worth it.

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Kelso, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went here one night with three teens who were, at first, less than thrilled. There were a large number of telescopes out with lots of workers telling us what we were looking at. We were all mesmerized by the two telescopes with views of Saturn, including the rings. It was so cool! The parking is fairly limited, so get there... More

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Fresno, Ca
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Don't miss this experience! We brought a 21 year old, 9 and 11 year old and had a blast! This facility is a treasure and the volunteers and staff are amazing! We saw stars, galaxies, planets and the moon and then went back for their free sun viewing during the day. Can't recommend this experience enough! Parking is limited, but... More

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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Honestly, we are not space or planetary science fans but chose to do the observatory because it was there, we almost didn't go. But we are SOOOOOO glad we did! There were at least 10 telescopes showing, in detail, Saturn and it's rings, galaxies, and stars. It was awesome! They also had a constellation presentation that was great. There really... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This is our forth trip to Sunriver and our first time to the Observatory. It certainly won't be our last. The combination of self-paced viewing and interesting presentations was perfect. There were lots of people but not long waits at all. We all learned a lot. Glen-with-one-n did a stellar--you see what I did there?- job on the presentation. What... More

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Stayton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I brought my own scope and my family of 4 was admitted for free! I had a great time sharing my telescope with visitors and the staff was fun and helpful. We dropped by around noon and we were able to look at the sun, no admission fee. This place is a gem, a must visit.

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Shawsville, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a place to visit if you are in the area of Sunriver, Oregon. The staff are very knowledgable and entertaining. I learned so much when I went to visit. Take kids and adults and both will be impressed.

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We arrived an hour before the observation center opened, so walked the nature trail and then came back when the center was opening. We live in the forest so we are used to Mosquitos but there were swarms of Mosquitos this evening and we were so distracted by them that we left and did not stay for the presentation. We... More

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