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McDonald Observatory

Ampitheater with Milky Way - Ethan Tweedie Photography

This facility houses an original 82-inch telescope built in 1933 and a state-of-the-art visitors’ center. The observatory demonstrates how astronomers use spectroscopy to chart the heavens and offers solar viewings and star parties.


Revel in the drive up to this observatory, and when you arrive look to the stars. Check in at the state-of-the-art Frank N. Bash Visitors Center and get information about the observatory and its goals: to inform, educate, and inspire through programs.

The facility houses an original 82-inch telescope that was built in 1933, as well as the Hobby-Eberly, the world’s third-largest optical telescope. Learn how astronomers use spectroscopy to chart the heavens, or sign up in advance for solar viewings and star parties! (Ampitheater with Milky Way - Credit: Ethan Tweedie Photography)

Hours of Operation

  • Reservations will be required for all programs beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
  • Reservations are strongly encouraged for programs in 2015.

Cost

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