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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Sunspot
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Sooooo boring. Even for my husband who is an astronomy nut.

A very bored attendant sullenly takes your $3 per person so you can walk around a very small display of very old pictures and equipment. Not one picture is a solar flare or sunspot which I would expect to see at a solar observatory.

The only saving grace for this waste of money and time was the view which, by the way, is free unless you want to use the tourist telescope.

Beautiful country and drive though.

Pass in this one.

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Reviewed October 17, 2016

Columbus Day weekend and visitor center closed. But don't dismay. Keep on the walking tour because the buildings are open and the bathrooms at the visitor center are available for public use, even tho the center itself is closed. Able to enter the solar observatory. Scientists doing some experiments so we didn't actually see the sun itself. Continue on the path and you'll get to an iron stairway. If you go up that stairway and walk to the back of the building, you'll see a spectacular view of Alamogordo, White Sands, Holloman Air Force Base, and the entire area. For those of you who may be fledgling astronomy buffs, this is an interesting stop.

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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.

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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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