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You drive from sea level to almost 14k ft ...and the day we went, it was raining down low, but on top we were above the clouds. Incredible views....The Keck telescopes have a small public viewing area...and very much worth a few minutes, as the...More
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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We went to the Observatory office in Waimea. I don’t believe they ate open to visitors at night as this is when the work is done. The road to the summit is tricky and only accessible by 4wd and not rental cars. We have been... More
We went to the Observatory office in Waimea. I don’t believe they ate open to visitors at night as this is when the work is done. The road to the summit is tricky and only accessible by 4wd and not rental cars. We have been up for sunset and stargazing in the past on organised tours.
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
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 tour the area. You will just get a lesson on what they are learning about the Universe. It is more like a classroom and you are given a lecture, but the girl working is very friendly and knows alot about the information being gathered from the telescopes. If it is a clear day you can see the telescopes on top of Manau Kea , but not much of a view. You have to go up Manau Kea, which is about 14 miles across from Keck Observatory. You can drive up to the visitors center and they have telescopes their you can look through. You can drive to that point on top of the mountain in a car, just not up to the very to unless you have 4 wheel drive. You do not have to take a tour, and they will lecture you their also. Very dark at night, no lights which makes it perfect for the telescopes at the very top. Be careful if you drive it at night. Very Dark. Hope this helped