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Address: 3640 Dark Sky Drive, Fort Davis, TX 79734-1337
Phone Number: +1 432-426-3640
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: University of Texas' observatory on Mount Locke.

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Reach out and touch the stars

At least that's what it feels like when you do the Star Party. We started the afternoon with the tour of the observatory. We learned about the sun (very interesting information... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

At least that's what it feels like when you do the Star Party. We started the afternoon with the tour of the observatory. We learned about the sun (very interesting information and Dan was a great presenter). We then began the walk and tour of the observatory. If you have mobility issues, they do provide a shuttle bus or a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The road getting there is challenging. But what you see will blow you away. WE got to loo thru 10 different telescopes. The staff was friendly and took time to explain things in lay language,

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Baytown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I have toured the Griffith Observatory, the Wilson Observatory and the Palomar Observatory, but the tour presentation given by Dan Golden was better than the other three combined! I appreciate Dan's knowledge attention to detail in his presentation while at the same time he repeatedly gave time for the tourist to ask questions. An outstanding tour worth attending! The Star... More 

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White Springs, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We attended the "Star Party". The presentation was great. Our lecturer presented a "Tour of the constellation" which we thoroughly enjoyed. Lines were long for the telescopes, but everyone waited patiently and chatted during the wait.

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A must if you are in Fort Davis. The Star Party is informative, educational, and you will see more stars and passing satellites than you can imagine. Great gift shop too. Dress very warmly since it gets very cold at this elevation. Would be a challenge for little children since it starts at 9:15 and lasts for about 2 hours... More 

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We did both the 7.30 lecture and 9.15 star gazing at the Observatory. Both were excellent, informative and enjoyable. The stars in west Texas are so visible due to the lack of ambient light and smog that you have to "see it to believe it">

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Waxahachie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We went to the Twilight and Star parties. They were both very interesting. The presenters were extremely knowledgeable. Constellations were pointed out with a powerful laser. The Twilight Party was held inside. We learned how the moon's craters were formed, and saw photos of the back side of the moon. We learned about the moon's phases, and why they occur.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A clear dark evening here is an invitation to see the stars in all of their glory at one of the observatory's renown "stargazing parties." Don't miss this if you can.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Tour the observatory to have a better understanding of the night sky. Too much of our cities are heavily light polluted you need to get away to see the amazing night sky. Star parties are 3 times a week and needs separate ticket. Admission fees are very reasonable. It can be cool in the evenings, so go prepared. It's very... More 

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Oak Harbor,OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The "Star Party" at the Observatory was a wonderful and educational experience. The party starts with an astronomy lesson. While all eyes are turned towards the heavens, the various constellations are identified, as well as pointers on how to find the North Star and Venus. This lesson lasted about 30 minutes. Just long enough to begin feeling it in your... More 

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