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Goldendale Observatory State Park, Goldendale

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  • We drove up to Goldendale on a weekend in May to check out the observatory and attend their day and night time programs - both were very informative and educational. Loved the night program the best s...  more »
  • Another trip with my Night Photography class was at the Goldendale Observatory. I had no idea there even was an observatory in this part of Washington state. It's run by the Washington State Parks and...  more »
  • They are getting ready to do major renovations so they are only open Fri, Sat, Sun for a 4:00 Solar program and an 8:30 Star program. Attended the Solar program with Summer as our guide - fantastic! S...  more »
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  • I'd never even heard of the Goldendale Observatory before the trip. It's a 2h drive out from Portland but it's totally worth it. There was a full moon so the viewing options were a little limited but even so, we got to check out the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Epsilon Lyrae (the "Double Double" star system). The guide (Troy?) was really fantastic and did a great job getting all the kids engaged while also keeping the adults interested. They had two scopes going the entire evening and pointed at different things so the lines weren't too long.
  • The guide was extremely passionate and knowledgeable about astronomy and great fun to listen to. It was cloudy but he asked and answered questions and made us all laugh! Definitely a great memory for us and the kids!
  • Very pretty, telescopes are awesome! But best part is the gentleman that was in charge of the 8:30 show, very charismatic, friendly, great personality and knowledgeable.
  • This place is so amazing. And so beautiful. It was a once in a life time opportunity. It was amazing..
  • We stayed late into the night with the technician whose explanations and generosity with his time were more than we expected.

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