Welcome to the best-kept secret in Sunriver.

Sightseeing in Sunriver has never looked so good. With the help of our avid volunteers and staff you’ll gaze at incredible nebulae, binary stars, galaxies, planets and occasionally the moon.

This is a hands-on, family friendly experience. It's not uncommon for us to have ten telescopes set up for your use, from portable 8-inch telescopes, to our big 30-inch Newtonian. Often, amateur astronomers will bring their own equipment and join in the fun. 

Unlike Planetariums, at the Observatory you'll see the real thing. Strict light pollution control in Sunriver lets us see deep sky objects that are washed out in most cities. Light that's been traveling for millions of years will end its journey when it enters your eye.


Private Star Parties available

Contact us 541-593-4442

Public Viewing

Spring Break Hours:

March 25th, 2017 - April 2nd, 2017

Evening Viewing is available on the following dates during Spring break

Saturday, March 25th, 8PM-10PM

Wednesday, March 29th, 8PM-10PM

Friday, March 31st, 8PM-10PM

Saturday, April 1st, 8PM-10PM


Solar Viewing is available every day during Spring Break from:

March 25th to April 2nd, 11AM to 2PM

Spring Hours: 

April 5 - May 1

Evening Viewing:

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8PM-10PM

Solar Viewing: 

Wednesday through Sunday, 11AM-2PM


Admission for Evening Program is $10 for adults, and $8 for children under 12


Solar Viewing has a suggested admission of $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and includes solar viewing glasses and entry into our passport program

SNCO Members are free

Donations gladly accepted


Private Star parties, school outings and special programs:

The Oregon Observatory offers private star parties for you and your guests by reservation. You can book the facility for a private viewing or we can come to you with an Astronomer-on-the-Go.