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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak

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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak

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MikeB1952 wrote a review Jan 2020
Colorado Springs, Colorado793 contributions422 helpful votes
While traveling through the area, decided to go to the Observatory. Quite a bit of information about it on the Web. We went into the Visitor Center and the helpful attendant directed us outside to the self guided tour around the various telescopes that had been built over the years - beginning in 1952 with a Sears special (read about it on the Web). We were able to tour the big telescope. It's quite impressive. Lots of instruments and some descriptive information. Off to one side are a bunch of monitors for analyzing the data from the telescope (and no, they don't look directly at the sun). Since it was cloudy, not much activity. The area was once quite the place with almost 100 people working here. Google areal view shows a lot of buildings. We really enjoyed our tour. And the Visitor Center attendant was both cordial, friendly and informative. Glad we came.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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DLT6913 wrote a review Nov 2019
Kerrville, Texas52 contributions12 helpful votes
Very friendly and accommodating staff. They made sure we were aware of all the opportunities for learning and exploring the facilities. Interesting that the telescope has been there 50 years and is still going strong.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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honeymoon travelers wrote a review Jul 2019
Rowland Heights, California24 contributions9 helpful votes
We were the first guests to arrive on a sunday morning and the staff was super nice and informational. The grad student at the tower was super fun to talk too and answered our questions with a helpful attitude and considering we didn't really barely understand it was kid. Great view, nice walk, and left with a better understanding for this type of science program.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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965deborahv wrote a review Jul 2019
Lincoln, NE, United States149 contributions20 helpful votes
Try to visit this while it is still open. They are building a facility in Hawaii and then this one will close down. Call first to see if it is and re-calibration mode. It is also a pretty drive. However do not use GPS, call and get directions!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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fbglove wrote a review Jun 2019
Fredericksburg, Texas823 contributions284 helpful votes
This is a very interesting place to visit and the drive leading to it is really beautiful. Very friendly and helpful staff. We'd like to return when the autumn colors arrive in the mountains.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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