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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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Mukilteo, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Carmel, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had NO idea how many telescopes this facility had nor how many superbly informed staff there were on hand to answer numerous questions. We were able to observe Mars, Saturn and a nearly full moon in addition to a couple of globular clusters (one with over a million stars for heavens sake). The 30-minute presentation in the theater provided... More

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Sammamish, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We love both the daytime solar viewing (free!) and the evening programs at the observatory. An amazing experience to view through these world-class scopes and the volunteers are fantastic. Only suggestion is that the evening presentation on this trip was a repeat from our last trip (life on Mars) and so mixing it up more would be nice for repeat... More

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pdxdesi
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Driving to Sunriver in the evening made us aware of the dark star filled sky. We spent 1-2 hours every night on the patio gazing at stars and constellations identifying them with Google Sky. Even saw a couple of shooting stars and a satellite go by. Too bad I found out about the observatory on the last day we were... More

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Seguin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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