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W.M. Keck Observatory

65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy, opened from 10AM to 2PM, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8431
+1 808-885-7887
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Very informative !

This is a great tour and gives a lot of information about the work being done by the Keck... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
AMTLondon
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London
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World Class Observatory's excellent tour

Free tour! Worth the time and effort to learn about the most important group of telescopes in the... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
dmnurse2016
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Loveland, Colorado
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65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy, opened from 10AM to 2PM, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8431
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great tour and gives a lot of information about the work being done by the Keck Observatories on Mauna Kea. We had been to the summit twice on previous visits to Big Island but had never managed to get to Waimea when...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Free tour! Worth the time and effort to learn about the most important group of telescopes in the world! There is nothing up at the actual telescope to learn about as there is no access there; this is where you learn about it from experts,...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Very informative talk about the observatory. Highly recommend a visit before going to the summit at Mauna Kea. You will have a much better understanding of what you will see at the summit.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

If you have gone or are planning to go to Mauna Kea and you are in or passing through Waimea, stop at the visitor center of the W M Keck Observatory. It will enhance your visit to Mauna Kea. This location is the campus for...More

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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

The guide, David, shared all that is happening at the Twin keck telescopes on Mauna Loa. He explained some of the current research that is possible with these telescopes.Showed us how the hexagonal mirror construction worked that was developed by Jerry Nelson, astronomer. We were...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

We stopped by shortly after it opened at 10 am and joined another couple with the docent. The tour lasted about an hour but the time flew by and we learned so much. This is a tour everyone would love to learn what amazing discoveries...More

1  Thank ceg51
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

I was impressed with the enthusiastic docents explaining the Keck Observatory, and all the heavens. But when it comes to displays, charts, photos and interactive exhibits, not so much. It was still worthwhile to visit, as I have no plan to drive up the mountain.

Thank Miriahm D
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Open from 10a to 2p Mon thru Fri. Visitors are welcome to the lobby with many displays. The very knowledgeable receptionist gave us a very informative tour of the pictures and displays. Of course you cannot wander around the private offices of the astronomers which...More

1  Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We had some extra time so we stopped by to look. As other reviewers state, this is a very small and modest exhibit showing photos, models, floor plans, etc of the real telescopes on top of Mauna Kea. It's definitely for the science geeks in...More

1  Thank Mark V
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Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

If you're interested in learning a lot about NASA, telescopes, and satellites then you'll be getting a treat. However if you don't like any of those then that place isn't for you, sorry.

2  Thank Darnell G
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Catherine A
9 October 2015|
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Response from lcomeaux | Reviewed this property |
You really do not see much in the Visitors Center. It is just a room with a part of a telescope and pictures of the telescopes on Manua Kea. It is where all the information from Mauna Key is sent and studied. You cannot... More
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Evan V
30 December 2014|
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Response from lcomeaux | Reviewed this property |
I will make this short. You do not need to take a tour. You can drive,but not to the very top unless you have 4 wheel drive Yes there is parking and a visitors center.Very dark at night, be careful driving,but do go.
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