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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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I'm really happy with my visit here. The customer service was amazing and super helpful. Alex was especially helpful and happy and welcoming. Definitely give this place a visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Well worth the 8 buck fee this planetarium allows visitors a unique chance to look at the heavens through many telescopes with passionate volunteers offering explanations. Starting with a 30 minute well done intro to the sky, you then have chances to look at the sky with lots of help. Our visit was suboptimal due to a bright moon but... More 

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Portland, Oregon, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We went with a group of 12 family members, which included a 10, 9 and 7 year old. While the adults in the group enjoyed the presentation on Mars, the kids lost interest fairly quickly. Once the presentation was over, you have the opportunity to look at the night sky through several large telescopes. Pro tip - after the presentation,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I'm really happy with my visit here. The customer service was amazing and super helpful. Alex was especially helpful and happy and welcoming. Definitely give this place a visit, it's totally worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I'm a 15 year old boy and my dad took us to this last night. So cool! Really puts you into perspective compared to the universe. The staff are mostly very kind and always helpful. You get to see and learn about anything from Saturn to Binary Star Systems. Honestly a mind blowing experience. If you're in Sunriver, go.

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Enjoyed a beautiful evening viewing stars and planets using Observatory telescopes with assistance from helpful and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. The Observatory has many telescopes, each directed to observe different stars and provides an excellent outdoor video program about Pluto with opportunities to answer questions. A wonderful Center for children and adults to learn about our skies and astronomy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

As a home school family we love to visit our local resources and learn as much as we can. We highly recommend visiting as a local or as a tourist. We learn something new every time we visit.

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Sunriver,Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Visit at night for a dozen or more big scopes. Largest collection of scopes for public viewing in the country. During the day, the solar scopes are out to see sun spots and flares. Very nice, passionate people who run it.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Went planet/star gazing in the evening. Very informative and fun! I recommend getting there early as you have to pay at the Nature Center (it was like $8/person). Might want to bring a blanket and some bug spray as there is outdoor slideshow about the planets while waiting for the sky to darken.

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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is one of the things we always look forward to at Sunriver. They have several telescopes setup of various sizes and people there to answer questions and tell you what you are looking at. We've seen Saturn's rings, Jupiter's stripes, both of their moons, our Moon up close, and lots of different types of stars a clusters/nebula. Totally worth... More 

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Roswell, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Great opportunity for the kids (and adults) to get a little education. The young people who run this are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Great activity for evenings and get away from the phones, TV etc. they also had a s'mores and star-gazing night around the fire. Awesome!!

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Address: 57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
Phone Number: 541 598 4406
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Central Oregon  >  Sunriver

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