Estes Park Memorial Observatory

Estes Park Memorial Observatory

Estes Park Memorial Observatory

Estes Park Memorial Observatory
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Observatories & Planetariums • History Museums
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The Estes Park Memorial Observatory (EPMO) is a community resource dedicated to fostering scientific education of children in Estes Park and serving as an educational venue for the community and visitors. EPMO holds events throughout the year in conjunction with the local school system, the Estes Valley Astronomical Society and the Rocky Mountain National Park. The observatory schedules private and group viewing sessions and hosts educational lectures on astronomy, cosmology, astrophotography and special astronomical events such as comet fly-bys and more! We also have fun on going projects like our Human Sundial Project. EPMO is currently offering opportunities for volunteers. Just contact us to get involved and learn about our sky along the way! Can't help? Donate to our Estes Park Observatory and come visit anytime!
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Ruth P
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amazing but you must have reservations .
Jun 2021
this was a highlight for us . grandchildren all live in cities so getting to look through the telescope was wonderful . cold with the roof open so bring coats. Mike Connoly was really great - he got my grandchildren to learn something on vaca . it was cloudy the night we were scheduled and we were dissappointed but he contacted us 2 days later and asked " want to look at some stars ? boy did we! and it was a perfect night of looking . over all about 2hrs and he works on a free will donation which is donated to the local school for scholarships in stem areas. all 3 generations were amazed and enjoyed it
Written June 12, 2021
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Salsa4eva
Orlando, FL109 contributions
A Must Do!
Oct 2019 • Couples
I had to hogtie my husband into going to this-he was afraid it would be too cold and he didn’t understand Mike’s amazing wealth of knowledge. My hubby later said this was the best part of our trip! You must wear layers and dress appropriately! You will start indoors with videos and Mike will explain what you will see when you go up into the observatory. He’s a brilliant retired astrophysicist but teaches children about our galaxy. People of all ages will enjoy the night with Mike. We would love to go again! You must reserve your spot far in advance because his space in the observatory is very limited. It is free, but they use all donations to educate local school children to gain their interest in the stem sciences. It’s such a wonderful program!
Written January 11, 2020
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Thank you for the great review. I wish I was an Astrophysicists but I’m just a lowly retired engineer with a passion for physics and the stars. Space boggles my mind and I love sharing anything I can with our visitors to make their visit fun and interesting. I especially love getting the kids excited about science and space. Please come back and visit us again sometime. Clear Skies, Mike
Written January 12, 2020
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ArcticTexan
2 contributions
Highlight of Our Estes Park Stay
Nov 2019
My wife and I were in Estes Park for our honeymoon, and I was able to sign up for the tour of the Memorial Observatory. Mike did a fantastic job communicating with us and the rest of the group regarding potential weather changes and was able to work with us to reschedule when the clouds rolled in. During the tour, Mike did an amazing job explaining the basics of astronomy and showing us what we would be looking at when we went up to the telescope. Even though it was a rather large group (12-14 people), Mike was able to effectively create and individualized experience and make sure everyone got plenty of opportunities with the telescope. My wife and I will definitely plan to make a return visit the next time we are in Estes Park.
Written December 18, 2019
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Thank you for the review and your interest in our observatory. I’m glad you had a good time. I’d love to have you come back again sometime. Best Wishes and Clear Skies, Mike
Written January 12, 2020
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Rosemary S
4 contributions
Estes Park
Oct 2019 • Friends
My friends and I had a wonderful time at the observatory. We will definitely go back next year. Mike was very knowledgeable about astronomy and was extremely nice and patient with our group. I highly recommend that you visit when you are in Estes. Kid and adult friendly.
Written November 15, 2019
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Thank You. I'm so happy you had good time. Please do come back. Mike
Written November 16, 2019
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Caryn M
3 contributions
Excellent Experience!!
Nov 2019
For our small company retreat, we made evening reservations for an intriguing experience that exceeded our expectations!! We all had such a great time learning, observing through the telescope, and chatting with Mike. We were so impressed by Mike's expansive knowledge and ability to share it!!
Written November 11, 2019
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Thanks Caryn. You guys were great. Come again. Mike
Written November 13, 2019
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Debbie P
4 contributions
Totally AWESOME
Oct 2019
I had such a great time here viewing the stars with my daughter and her family. However, the 5 year old did fall asleep before we finished.
Written November 4, 2019
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Thank You. I'm so happy you had good time. The little guy was trying to hang in there but he was just too tired. Please do come back. Mike
Written November 16, 2019
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gaby5706
27 contributions
Interesting and Educating Experience
Oct 2019 • Friends
Mike was great, the four of us greatly enjoyed his passionate teaching about astronomy. Our ages ranged from 17-28 and though we had no scientific background and honestly, not too much of an interest in Science, we all walked out with a greater appreciation for astronomy and an interest in learning more.
It was exciting seeing different constellations, galaxies and planets through the telescope. If we are ever back in Estes we will definitely come back again! Thank you!
Written October 26, 2019
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Thanks Gaby. I really enjoyed your visit and your enthusiasm. Yes, if you ever get back again I hope you will come see us. Clear Skies, Mike
Written October 29, 2019
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Thompsol80726
1 contribution
Amazing
Oct 2019 • Friends
Mike is an outstanding presenter with so much information. His facility is clean and amazing. Estes Park is a lucky community to have this addition and Mike's knowledge to share with students and visitors.
Written October 6, 2019
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Thank You. II really appreciate the comments. Please do come back. Mike
Written November 16, 2019
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I0waTraveler1
Waterloo24 contributions
Fantastic Place to Visit for Astronomy Lovers
Sep 2019
We really enjoyed our visit to the Estes Park Memorial Observatory. Mike was so knowledgeable and passionate about astronomy. We learned a lot and loved looking at the planets, stars, constellations, etc.
Written September 22, 2019
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Thank you for the great review. Please come back and visit us again. Mike
Written September 23, 2019
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2Justforfun
Omaha, NE15 contributions
Exploring Space
Aug 2019
Think of this as a classroom experience! Mike has turned his passion into a selfless way of allowing others to see into space. We viewed Saturn, Jupiter among other stars and thought this was a very cool experience. You must book in advance since there are a limited number of chairs in the Observatory. One of our family members was able to travel to the top in the chair lift! Thank you for that investment. Be prepared for a donation as this is a free viewing. Thanks Mike for giving of your time and passion. Awesome!
Written September 3, 2019
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Thank you for the great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I'm glad someone got to you use our stair lift. Please come back and visit us again.
Written September 4, 2019
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