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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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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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The stars and planets were amazing

You want to come early (1/2 hour) for parking and to get in line. We had a crowd of over a 100 and we were all able to see through all the telescopes. The volunteers who set up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Huntley, Illinois

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Huntley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You want to come early (1/2 hour) for parking and to get in line. We had a crowd of over a 100 and we were all able to see through all the telescopes. The volunteers who set up the telescopes were friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The telescopes ranged from 8 inches to 30. At the end they have a laser... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun and educational would of given them give five stars but being in a wheelchair i was not able to look in all the telescopes still very interesting and enjoyable. Thanks

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the evening viewing. All the volunteers & staff were friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. Plan on staying late as there are different activities at different times.

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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the second time that we had visited the observatory as we also went last year. If you enjoy looking at the heavens and would like to learn more about them, this is for you. Hint, don't touch the eyepiece or the telescope when looking through one of them. Even light contact often moves the telescope enough to throw... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went during the day as it doesn't cost anything to view the sun from the telescopes they have up. We had 2 small kids so the nighttime viewing wasn't an option. Highly informative and glad we went

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were staying at the Sunriver Resort and decided to go to the observatories evening presentation from 9pm-11pm. We were at first skeptical because we didn't bring any warm clothes, it was August in the high desert, but our visit to the observatory became the highlight of our trip to Sunriver. Make sure you get there at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Between Tuesday and Sunday, the observatory opens from 9-11pm for star gazing and telescope observation. I saw more stars and planets than I have ever seen. Our kids aged 10 and 8 were amazed and loved spotting satellites, shooting stars and seeing Saturn's rings. As a non profit, they rely upon the entrance fees and donations so I'd urge anyone... More 

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Living in a big city suburb, it was wonderful to see what the sky really looks like. The staff at the Observatory were great, they really wanted everyone to appreciate the gorgeous skies from over 10 different telescopes, focused on different parts of the sky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

The temperature was still freezing when we came Easter weekend but the skies were totally clear which made for awesome observing! The guides are super helpful especially with small children. Very cool experience.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

A fun event to do with kids. We all enjoyed seeing the beautiful night sky, learning about stars and planets and using a variety of telescopes. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They permit time before/after the presentation to roam around and explore. Each season/night offers different viewing options. Our 6 year old loved it. Recommend the Sunriver Nature Center before... More 

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