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Goldendale Observatory State Park Interpretive Center

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Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
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Description: See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts...
See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the amazing telescopes available to the public.
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an amazing education

We went up to the observatory above Goldendale even though the night was cloudy. Our interpreter gave us a nice description of how telescopes work and the history of that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Columbia Falls, Montana
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Columbia Falls, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We went up to the observatory above Goldendale even though the night was cloudy. Our interpreter gave us a nice description of how telescopes work and the history of that particular instrument. We could not see anything beyond the clouds so she focused on a red light marking one of the numerous wind generators in the area. On a clear... More 

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The "ranger" is a very knowledgeable astronomer. One great thing about this observatory is that you get to look through the big telescopes. The weather is usually clear in Goldendale so the night sky can be spectacular.

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Seattle, WA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It's a state park with astronomically knowlegeable park rangers playing astronomers. Great big telescope, but whole array of bunch of smaller ones. Main guided sky watch, with several rangers setting up the portable one, so even kids would not lose interest. I am a repeat visitor. First time with my new wife, once about 12 years ago with my kids,... More 

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Goldendale, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An observatory that you can see the stars, planets, sun through the telescopes with the help of the park staff that is extremely knowledgeable.

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Moro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Took a friend not as versed in the skies as I am and it was amazing. I grew up close and had been a lot as a kid but not much since I've been back. The guy is so knowledgeable and passionate it makes it even more fun.

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I can't think of enough superlatives to describe the visit my family had a few years ago. I'll never forget the thrill of seeing Saturn IN THE DAYLIGHT! I didn't know that was *possible*. We went back in the evening and for the first time I saw the moon through a telescope. It was so clear I could even see... More 

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Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Whether, you're there at 2pm and catch the daytime Solar viewing, or 6pm for the Stars and Planets, you'll have a great time. We stayed an incredible 5 hrs! Forest Ranger Troy is highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a gifted teacher. The history of the Goldendale Observatory is inspiring. The renovations that are now happening will only better the experience. The... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

For me, Troy's talk made all the difference. He did an excellent job and his enthusiasm for his topic was ever-present. The telescopes were interesting to look at (more than to look through!)

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Wasilla, Alaska
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My children were so impressed with this amateur made telescope and its ability to bring the stars to them. The docent was so well informed and able to speak clearly to children. We will definitely go here again when in the area.

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Steilacoom, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had the chance to visit the Goldendale Observatory on a night promising the Aurora Borealis. No luck - not dark enough ~ but we were so glad we took the time to visit and purchase a Discovery Pass. We could not believe that is the only admission needed for a place where you can experience so much. Definitely the... More 

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