This observatory, which is part of UT Austin, offers amazing glimpses into Astronomy and is about 25 minutes outside of Fort Davis. With some of the darkest skies in the US, it is home to numerous telescopes, including one that is currently 3rd largest in the world. The smaller ones are spectacular as well.
The visitors' center offers great in depth informative tour options at very reasonable prices. NOTE: These tours are NOT oriented to small children.
Daytime tour/solar viewing combo offers live viewing from local solar telescopes as well as more in depth NASA feeds. Well worth the time.
Then we took the shuttle up to the 107" and the HEB telescopes. The 107 is a reflector and it would be a spoiler to say what all you can see, but it is woth the fee alone. The HEB is currently being fitted for a dark light experiment (very cool) and is accessible only from the viewing area, but wow.
Return for a Star Party(separate fee) and locate the constellations. Several decent sized telescopes, a few in small domes, are set up to view the latest viewable items - we had a limiting bright moon, but still saw a meteor and an iridium flare - and some wonderful other views - moon, Saturn, Galaxy clusters, Nebula - all on a very bright night - from some pretty awesome telescopes, including a 22" and 24" refractor. Wow.
There are some other programs as well.
OK, for the Aggie fans, Stanford dropped funding for the HB telescope originally founded and built by 3 US universities and 2 German. A&M picked up the slack, However, this is the only telescope outside the UT property.
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