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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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Super fun experience to go to the Observatory! Sunriver has certain laws in place that limit light pollution and the night was very clear. Saw several planets and galaxies through... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Super fun experience to go to the Observatory! Sunriver has certain laws in place that limit light pollution and the night was very clear. Saw several planets and galaxies through telescopes and we were very impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't skip this!! With young kids and going hard all day... We kept putting it off and finally went and it the kids were blown away!! Great staff and amazing views!

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Eatonville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took the entire family and had a great experience. The staff is incredible - making it a fun experience for all ages. We had all ages - 2, 9, 10 and adults and everyone had fun. We were able to all look at the telescopes and see the planets, stars, etc. We were worried about the 2 year old moving... More 

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Carnation, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a Tuesday at 9pm (they're closed on Mondays) after a bunch of cloudy days, so it was very crowded. Tip: ticket sales are in the Nature Center, so go there first! We were glad we could walk from our rental, as the parking lot was packed. They have lots of telescopes and experts around to guide you... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed viewing the planets and star clusters. The staff was very friendly and informative.We went to the night viewing. There were a lot of people there but everyone was patient and waited their turn for a view in the various telescopes. We saw Saturn and rings, Juniper and three of its stars, Mars and different star clusters. Some advice:... More 

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Tualatin, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here a few times with our preschool and elementary school age kids and it's always fun and interesting. Would recommend!

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Yigo, Mariana Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$8 admission. Each telescope with a knowledgable helper. Multiple scopes. Presentation was liked by teenagers (whaaaaaat!). Hey, you get to see Jupiter if in the visible sky (and moons-starlike). Put your iPhone up to the eyepiece and take a pic...see below.

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok, so I already know that I am a geek for this type of stuff, so take this review as you deem fit. I came here with my wife and two college-age kids, and we all had a blast. We absolutely enjoyed seeing the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and especially Saturn for the first time through high-powered telescopes. We also had... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During summer months I would recommend going at dusk otherwise it is hard to see much. My kids loved the giant telescopes. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Admissions also includes a half hour slide show presentation. Military ID = free admission so make sure to bring it. Also can get chilly at night so bring blanket or jacket. If mosquitoes are attracted... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for the night viewing. The slide show was interesting but I rather spent more time with the telescopes. It was rather crowded so long wait times for some of the telescopes. The biggest problem for us (and nothing they could do about it) was it gets dark around 10 in the summer so the young kids just couldn't... More 

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