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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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Lots of telescopes with very knowledgeable staff who love to tell you all about what you are seeing. We've been on a full moon night when the gorgeous super moon drowned out most stars, but Saturn was out and the most cool thing I've seen in the sky, and we've been there on a new moon night when everything was... More

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Salem, Oregon, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver early, at about 8pm. There were plenty of things to see at the Nature Center to keep us busy till 9 when they opened. We walked down to the lake where we saw and played with the toads at the toad rescue area. There was a beautiful trumpet swan across the lake.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We decided to go last minute. We skipped the outside show and went straight to the observatory , this was a great decision and we had full access to all the telescopes and didn't have to wait in line. Saw Saturn and other pretty cool things . Once the group of 100 people or so were done with the presentation... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

AMAZING to see God's handiwork in the sky!! Very knowledgable staff will take you through a cornucopia of interesting things right above your head. With powerful telescopes, a small dot you see int he sky suddenly bursts into millions of stars and galaxies. Highly recommend this, and it's great for families!

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

It is cool place and they do a good job for what it is! Don't bother with the Nature center. For around the same price you can visit the High Desert museum just a few minutes away.

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Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Lots of telescopes to view and wasn't very crowded. Reasonable admission and the people there were very knowledgeable.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were treated to a great slide show by Jerry the star guy, his knowledge and humor were fantastic. A later tour through more than a dozen telescopes allowed us a guided look at many planets, stars and constellations. The location is perfect, the staff and volunteers are amazing, it is truly a must see for anyone in the area.

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Vista, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

While you can see the starry sky very clearly in Sunriver, why not take the opportunity to view them up close through a telescope. Most don't have this availability, so I highly recommend it.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

What a wonderful experience among terrific knowledgeable staff of people, looking thru various telescopes to see the Moon, Galaxy stars, Mars, Venus and Saturn and some of the moons of Jupiter. We stayed till after 11PM as it was so fascinating and included wonderful facilities with most of the telescopes on paver flooring in addition to the large observatory in... More

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Oregon Observatory was awesome! My boyfriend and I attended the viewing as part of our Date Night and loved it! The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to look at Mars, Saturn, and several galaxies and constellations. Glen did a fabulous presentation on Mars that was impressive, startling, and fun for all ages. The old... More

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