We are a private, non profit, educational organization. The Oregon Observatory at Sunriver is part of the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. We offer evening viewing programs, solar viewing, and many other educational programs. In addition, we sell, service and repair telescope and related products and boast the largest rocketry store in the Northwest. The Oregon Observatory also offers Planetarium programs and lectures throughout the year. Check website for times.Arrange your visit to Oregon Observatory and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sunriver using our Sunriver trip planning website.
Our hours are seasonal.
Winter Hours- November- Mid March
Wednesday and Saturday nights, from 7-9pm
Friday- Sunday Solar Viewing 11am-2pm
Spring Hours - March - May 15
Wednesday and Saturday nights, from 8-10pm
Wednesday- Sunday Solar Viewing 11am-2pm
May 15thj- June 15th
Wednesday and Saturday nights, from 9-11pm
Wednesday- Sunday Solar Viewing 11am-2pm
Middle of June- Labor Day
Night Viewing 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday
Solar Viewing 11am-2pm Everyday
Night Time Programs Adults $10, Kids 12 and under $8
Planetarium Programs- Times Vary- $5 per person
Check website for times
Observatory is available for private Star Parties, please call 541-593-4442 to schedule.
All evening programs are weather permitting
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Oregon Observatory reviews
You can view the sun during the day and at night they show off the stars. Educational AND fun! Great helpful staff. We will be b ack! more »
Ummm. . .Yes! It's worth it. Hope that Ian is working that night. My family and I all met in central Oregon and decided to hit up the observatory. There was a small crowd that quickly thinned out... more »
This was such an interesting tour to do. The stars are amazing and being able to see different galaxies and the rings of Saturn were a highlight for me. The staff were so knowledgeable and quickly... more »
Boy, has the Oregon Observatory improved dramatically since a few years ago! During the summer season, it is open six days a week (not Mondays). The experience was wonderful: enthusiastic and very knowledgeable staff, about 20 excellent telescopes and great viewing conditions. During the daytime session (11 to 2), viewing of the sun through a solar telescope revealed solar flares and the "wavelike" nature of the sun's surface. (No sunspots are currently active.) During the night session (9 to 11), about 150 people showed up and were a fabulous, interested, and inquisitive group. We saw a few of Jupiter's moons and the color bands of its outer atmosphere. Also saw three globular clusters (M3, M4, and M5) which are fascinating in that their 100,000+ stars are not apparent, but the collective light certainly is. Also saw several nebula: a ring nebular, the "dumbell nebular", and a 2600-year old exploded star. Staffing was always close by to answer questions, get help viewing, explain what was visible, and adjust the telescope after the occasional bumping. Also, there were dedicated staff using laser pointers to various constellations, significant stars, the Milky Way, and explaining how the star patterns are changing--by hour, and over thousands of years. Naturally there were several telescopes pointed at the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. Note that on July 6, 2019, the daytime high was about 85 °F (30 °C) and the 11 p.m temperature was about 45 °F (7°C) under crystal clear skies.
The night sky is on display to see and learn about in Sunriver. Ian is charming and inclusive for all ages as he inspires you to learn about Jupiter and its moons. After the presentation I got to see what I just heard about looking through several telescopes, each manned by a helpful knowledgeable guide. The constellation show was amazing as always led by Don, who honed his impressive skills serving on a Coast Guard ship out at sea many years before. I always come visit this place when I'm in town. Thank you for explaining why I "keep looking up".
This place is fantastic. As a city dweller you do not often get to appreciate the solar system in all its glory. The folks at the observatory make it accessible and share they enthusiasm. Bring something to keep the chill off and something to keep the bugs away, otherwise I can't seen how you wouldn't enjoy it.
20- inch telescopes (and many smaller) gave great views of the Hercules cluster, Ring nebula, Andromeda galaxy, as well as seeing moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. The staff had all the telescopes pointed and would explain what you were looking at, as well as point out the items in the night sky using lasers, so everyone could clearly understand various topics. I hadn't planned on staying until closing time, but I couldn't leave such a fascinating and enjoyable place. Definitely going back. The staff were extremely helpful, polite, and patient... clear to see they really love their opportunity here.
Absolutely incredible experience. This is an experience that anyone can appreciate regardless of their interest in astronomy. There are a varying number of telescopes that are out on any given night pointed at different celestial objects. The volunteers working at the observatory were knowledgeable and very inclined to answer your questions. In my opinion, this is well worth the money and will create many amazing memories.
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