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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

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Address: 57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
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There’s no better place! The local elevation, pitch dark surrounding and...

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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A Fun Experience!

We've been here a few times with our preschool and elementary school age kids and it's always fun and interesting. Would recommend!

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Tualatin, Oregon
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Tualatin, Oregon
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We've been here a few times with our preschool and elementary school age kids and it's always fun and interesting. Would recommend!

Thank SmithFamilyTualatin
Yigo, Mariana Islands
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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

$8 admission. Each telescope with a knowledgable helper. Multiple scopes. Presentation was liked by teenagers (whaaaaaat!). Hey, you get to see Jupiter if in the visible sky (and moons-starlike). Put your iPhone up to the eyepiece and take a pic...see below.

1 Thank rodtodd
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Ok, so I already know that I am a geek for this type of stuff, so take this review as you deem fit. I came here with my wife and two college-age kids, and we all had a blast. We absolutely enjoyed seeing the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and especially Saturn for the first time through high-powered telescopes. We also had... More 

2 Thank scubawakeboarder
Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

During summer months I would recommend going at dusk otherwise it is hard to see much. My kids loved the giant telescopes. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Admissions also includes a half hour slide show presentation. Military ID = free admission so make sure to bring it. Also can get chilly at night so bring blanket or jacket. If mosquitoes are attracted... More 

Thank Linda L
Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Went there for the night viewing. The slide show was interesting but I rather spent more time with the telescopes. It was rather crowded so long wait times for some of the telescopes. The biggest problem for us (and nothing they could do about it) was it gets dark around 10 in the summer so the young kids just couldn't... More 

Thank WT87
Larkspur, California
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

great educational experience for the family. 10 of us went one evening during our stay at Sunriver. Adults and kids really enjoyed it.

Thank norcal86752
Los Angeles
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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the observatory once in the morning viewing which was free and once at night. Both visits were really awesome. Don't miss this place it is great for all ages and don't forget to take a warm jacket for night visit.

Thank LosAngelesAzi
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect, and we weren't disappointed. The night was overcast so we were concerned, but by the time we could really see things, the sky was completely clear. The items in the telescopes were small, but you could clearly make out Saturn's rings (the planet was mostly a small bright light with a ring). Jupiter was... More 

1 Thank As4ourhaus
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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

What a fun experience! Completely recommend doing this both for the evening viewing and the sun viewing. We went last night and loved it. The staff and volunteers were enthusiastic, gracious, and willing to help us at each telescope. We came back this morning on their recommendation to see the sun an we are so glad that we did! So... More 

2 Thank Keri B
Washougal, Washington
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

My husband and I stopped here to look at the sun. During the day telescopes are set up with sun filters so you can safely observe the Sun. The woman at the Observatory was very knowledgeable. While were were there it was cloudy at night so we were unable to see the stars.

1 Thank KimN697

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