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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
+1 541-598-4406
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Great night time activity for the whole family

Heard lectures on constellation mythology. Then looked through 10+ different telescopes to see the... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Amy B
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Spokane, Washington
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Awesome experience. Staff were extremely engaging, passionate and knowledgeable. Well done and... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
BradPen71
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North Vancouver, Canada
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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
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+1 541-598-4406
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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
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We've watched this facility evolve from a simple star gazing venue to a fantastic center for learning about the universe through the eyes-on experience of seeing it through powerful telescopes. Knowledgeable astronomers give lectures on selected events while the sun sets, followed by a tour...More

1  Thank Leland S
Reviewed 4 July 2017

My teens and I went to the observatory one evening while staying in Sunriver. I thought it was a bit pricey ($10 a piece, so $40 in total). We didn't realize the program started with a presentation and we missed the first part as we...More

Thank JupiterFLMom
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

What a treat and a gem of a find. They had a large number of telescopes and some very enthusiastic staff. We were staying at the condos in SunRiver so we took a shuttle over. If you are driving over then you may want to...More

1  Thank Liz E
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is the best observatory for general public viewing. The observatory has a good selection of telescopes for viewing and allow you to directly view in the telescopes. It is absolutely awesome! I visited at the end of May 2017. I enjoyed looking at a...More

Thank DavidROregon
Reviewed 31 May 2017

If you stay in the Bend/Sunriver area, you have to go to the Observatory in Sunriver. What a fantastic experience! Open Wed and Sat during the non summer season and every night during the summer, the Observatory will be one of your top experiences here....More

Thank John S
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped in after visiting the nature center. What a cool find! The solar viewing was fascinating! There's so much happening up there! We will definitely make a night visit next time!

Thank CaL28651
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We did not find time to visit during the day, too busy enjoying activities/ scenery. Brought the kids for the evening viewing, we were able to use the telescopes, introduction to astronomy, speakers giving you the mythology and the stories that go along with each...More

Thank ladybug97124
Reviewed 5 November 2016

This is so neat for anyone! We cannot wait for 2017 to view the eclipse here! I was surprised that this level of scientific equipment was available at a resort ~ but Sunriver amazing in almost every way. I like doing a bit of education...More

Thank fitlizbeth
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fireskipper
29 July 2017|
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Response from bbridgetmay | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. We brought ours.
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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
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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.
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