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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Sunriver
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

We went to see the solar observation during the day which is free. Then we returned for the night sky observation. Both exceeded expectations. If you are interested at all about planets and stars don't miss these presentations. It was informative and fun and the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. Oh my...to see Saturn!!!!

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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Even on a partially cloudy night, we were able to see many distant planets and stars and galaxies, Saturn being the most recognizable. The slide presentation alone is worth the price of admission - informative and done with a great sense of humor. There are many volunteers helping with the various telescopes and explaining to us laypeople what we were seeing.
The only suggestion would be a little more crowd control, as it was difficult to see in the dark where to get in line without cutting in or interfering with a telescope view.
If you have children, do enroll them in one of the solar or rocket science classes. Our 11-year-old grandson had a great time building, sending, and retrieving a rocket. He had done them before with his dad, but this time grasped the concept. (Maybe the grandparents should take it too.)

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Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were able to visit the observatory for the night viewing, it is well worth the $6! They have at least 10 telescopes you can look through to see Saturn and other various galaxy's and star clusters. The guy, Glen, who did the presentation was really nice, you could tell he knew his stuff and enjoyed working there. We are definitely planning on coming back next summer with our son, it was amazing all the things you can learn about the sky! Keep up the good work!

Thank TiarePitz
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

What a fantastic moonless night with the kids at the observatory. Made us think fun to explore the skies with such a knowledgable and fun staff. Highly recommended family fun.

1  Thank Dalawco
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The Oregon Observatory had many more telescopes than I imagined! I think we looked through at least nine. We were able to see Venus, Saturn, the beginnings of a distant galaxy, and and exploded star, to name a few. It was a little chilly (you are outside) so dress warm! We weren't able to go to the presentation, so I can't comment on that. Well priced for the views that you get.

1  Thank Jeffkelly31
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