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Reach for the stars

I think that any month might be good to visit the observatory. April was good because it wasn't... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Linda C
via mobile
Star Gazing among the Sand Dunes

There is a really cool observatory in a State Park with a great camp grounds and huge sand dunes... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2016
David S
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Bruneau, ID
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I think that any month might be good to visit the observatory. April was good because it wasn't too crowded. Summer months may be more comfortable but have longer waits to view through the telescope. Lots to see!

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 17 August 2016

There is a really cool observatory in a State Park with a great camp grounds and huge sand dunes and a lake! This is a fun place to check out especially on Friday and Saturday evenings when the have star gazing parties all summer long....More

Thank David S
Reviewed 22 May 2016

There is an astronomy club that meets out here and shares their equipment with the public occasionally. The nights are so dark that a clear sky brings the universe in close. Great learning opportunity.

Thank KanakaHaole
Reviewed 2 December 2014

At the spring equinox, the Messier Marathon occurs in the galaxy. The Bruneau Dunes Observatory supported by the local astronomy society provides hands on viewing with the large observatory telescope and other telescopes setup to observe this phenomenon till very late at night. Also, interesting...More

2  Thank HavingFunNow61
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Unless you are an insomniac who needs a good boring lecture about star gazing that you won't get to experience here don't do it! I felt really sorry for people with kids. It was brutal! The telescopes are very weak and you won't see anything...More

Thank mathmus1
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is a great little observatory. The staff is informative and the black skies reveal lots of stars not seen in a city. Rent a cabin in the park and spend the night.

2  Thank TFDAZ
Reviewed 11 September 2012

Excellent place to take the family. To just see as a couple or just a day trip. Wonderful adventure!! Must see!

3  Thank Kelli N
Reviewed 5 July 2012

We attended two different presentations at the observatory - one titled "What Is Not a Comet" and one on Mars Exploration. Both were presented by a local Astronomy Professor from Boise. If you are a science or space buff - this is for you. Afterwards,...More

2  Thank HavingFunNow61
Reviewed 29 September 2011

We were camping in the state park and went to the Observatory for their presentation and then to look through the big telescope and some smaller ones. The presentation was very interesting. I learned stuff I never knew before. The stars were bright that night....More

4  Thank jackjfoley
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