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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
+1 541-598-4406
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Stargaze here!

A hidden gem that is close to Bend. Located in Sunriver, it's a little windy to get to, but once... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
vacationaholic
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Central Oregon
Evening Stars

Even though many people and had to wait for lines for telescopes the things my son saw were... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
F00d13MN
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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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Reviewed 30 July 2017

A hidden gem that is close to Bend. Located in Sunriver, it's a little windy to get to, but once here, you'll enjoy the staff presentation about their telescopes. Dress appropriately as you are exposed to the elements.

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Even though many people and had to wait for lines for telescopes the things my son saw were amazing. The presenter for the two presentations was great, humor mixed with facts entertained adults while giving great information. A must for astronomy enthusiasts.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

The observatory has many telescopes for viewing of many different things. We were there for over 2 hours and had a great time. The people working are very knowledgeable and truly seem to love what they do. This was a great time for everyone in...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Since Sunriver has a good lighting ordinance, you can still see a lot of stars in the night sky. The observatory does a great job with a lot of nice equipment and people to answer questions and provide a sufficient amount of information. If you...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

My husband, service dog, and I spent a wonderful evening here. This was my first experience at an observatory. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. My favorite part was seeing Saturn's rings. My husband was fortunate enough to see a...More

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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.

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Awesome experience. Staff were extremely engaging, passionate and knowledgeable. Well done and thanks for the unique experience.

Thank BradPen71
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Reviewed 11 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
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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
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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
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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
2 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
30 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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