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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak
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In transition but still interesting

Management of the site is in transition. Only one telescope was open to the public IF you catch... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
ML B
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Austin, Texas
Interesting & pretty area but cannot see telescopes

My husband and I went to the National Solar Observatory (Sunspot) on a Thursday. We drove up from... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2017
M J
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

We visited the National Solar Observatory as a day trip from Alamagordo, NM. It was about an hour and a half drive through some really beautiful mountain terrain. Even the road from Cloudcroft to the NSO is educational, as it has planet names along the road in scale with the solar system. There is a excellent information center which explains how the observatory's equipment works, with displays about the sun. You are able to walk into the observatory itself, and enter the room which houses the observatory equipment. Very impressive.

1  Thank Donna A
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Reviewed July 12, 2016

A long drive and not worth it. You could not view the sun. This observatory should not be open to public

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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

This just wasn't what we expected. We were hoping for some explanation and a chance to see the inside of the observatory..maybe hoping to actually get to see the top. The "museum" is small and the woman at the front counter seemed less than eager to answer our questions. We traveled a while to see this but you have very limited access to the actual observatory.

2  Thank Noelle O
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Reviewed June 21, 2016

Drove up from Las Cruces NM today June 21st to see the observatory for our first visit which now will be our last visit to the area. Very disappointed with the staff who neither acknowledged us when we came into the visitor area nor any explanation on what there was to see or what the charge fee covered. We promptly left as we felt like intruders.

2  Thank rosemariebabyboy
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Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Have been here three times with various friends and family. Love the science going on here, but sadly is no longer a "cutting edge" solar observatory in many respects so that is a little sad. Staff there on a Saturday unable to tell us anything about any current work going on there and main observatory is now apparently closed on the weekends when many people would visit. Can only see the somewhat dated museum, walk the pretty grounds and see the exterior of buildings. At least nearby Apache Point is newer, more well maintained, and has more accessible current scientific productivity

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