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Oregon Observatory at Sunriver

57245 River Road, Sunriver, OR 97707
+1 541-598-4406
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Good fun

The observatory has many telescopes for viewing of many different things. We were there for over 2... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Seattle, Washington
Great activity

Since Sunriver has a good lighting ordinance, you can still see a lot of stars in the night sky... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Portland, Oregon
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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
+1 541-598-4406
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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

1  Thank theseattlegirl
Reviewed 20 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

Thank BryanD123
Reviewed 19 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

Thank bbridgetmay
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 13 July 2017

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

Thank BradPen71
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
Reviewed 5 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 9 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
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30 July 2017|
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Response from bbridgetmay | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. We brought ours.
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
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.