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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
+1 541-598-4406
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Totally cool place

Since we were here for the solar eclipse, it may sense to check this place out. Very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lafayette, California
Not to be missed

Anyone spending time in SunRiver should drop by at least one evening to this sky-watching spot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bellevue, Washington
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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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57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
+1 541-598-4406
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since we were here for the solar eclipse, it may sense to check this place out. Very friendly and knowledgable staff, lots of telescopes to look through. We went once at night and again during the day to take advantage of the solar telescopes.

Thank K B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Anyone spending time in SunRiver should drop by at least one evening to this sky-watching spot. Although forest fire smoke made for less than perfect star-gazing during eclipse week in Central Oregon, the astronomy geeks who work here made our visits an interesting and educational...More

Thank Hollyrik
Reviewed 30 July 2017

What a great evening! The folks working were seriously knowledgeable, passionate, and eager to share. A lot of people but wait times for telescopes were short. The whole vibe was super positive with people of all ages. Go geek out with the stars--you won't be...More

1  Thank WashingtonZoe
Reviewed 30 July 2017

A hidden gem that is close to Bend. Located in Sunriver, it's a little windy to get to, but once here, you'll enjoy the staff presentation about their telescopes. Dress appropriately as you are exposed to the elements.

2  Thank vacationaholic
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Even though many people and had to wait for lines for telescopes the things my son saw were amazing. The presenter for the two presentations was great, humor mixed with facts entertained adults while giving great information. A must for astronomy enthusiasts.

1  Thank F00d13MN
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The observatory has many telescopes for viewing of many different things. We were there for over 2 hours and had a great time. The people working are very knowledgeable and truly seem to love what they do. This was a great time for everyone in...More

1  Thank theseattlegirl
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Since Sunriver has a good lighting ordinance, you can still see a lot of stars in the night sky. The observatory does a great job with a lot of nice equipment and people to answer questions and provide a sufficient amount of information. If you...More

Thank BryanD123
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

My husband, service dog, and I spent a wonderful evening here. This was my first experience at an observatory. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. My favorite part was seeing Saturn's rings. My husband was fortunate enough to see a...More

Thank bbridgetmay
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Heard lectures on constellation mythology. Then looked through 10+ different telescopes to see the moon, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, nebulas, galaxies, and the Milky Way. Everyone talked about the visit the rest of the trip.

1  Thank Amy B
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Awesome experience. Staff were extremely engaging, passionate and knowledgeable. Well done and thanks for the unique experience.

Thank BradPen71
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29 July 2017|
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Response from bbridgetmay | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. We brought ours.
Trina C
1 October 2016|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Some of the paths are dirt, but relatively flat. You should be able to see through some of the telescopes; some are at chair height. There is a lecture which you could see, and a laser presentation that was really... More
Rob B
29 June 2015|
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Response from Jeff W | Reviewed this property |
Make sure and check out the nighttime astronomy program at the Observatory. They have several telescopes set-up to view the night sky with plenty of enthusiastic teachers.