Our night programs begin at 9 PM during the summer and 8 PM in other months. The night begins with viewing bright objects like planets and stars, followed by a 30-minute presentation. After the presentation, return to the Observatory to enjoy deep space objects under a dark sky and a laser-guided constellation tour. Our staff will explain our nightly targets and even show you how to move some of our easy to use Dobsonian telescopes!
It's not often one gets the chance to safely stare at the Sun, however, if you come to the Oregon Observatory you can do just that. Join us daily in the summer and on holiday weekends during winter to get a view of sun spots and solar prominences through one of our specially filtered telescopes.
The Oregon Observatory offers benchmark classes for school groups grade 3 through grade 8 on several topics. Each class takes between 2-2.5 hours and are available either on-site, or off-site. There is a maximum of 35 students per program, with 5 adult chaperones. Classes include: Space Exploration, Earth's Place in the Solar System, Rocket Science 101, and Solar Observation.
Seasonal Kid's Classes
The seasonal kid's classes at the Oregon Observatory are designed for the younger future astronomers and rocket scientist. These fun filled classes cover various types of rockets, some of which the students get to design and build themselves, as well as a class covering the solar system.
The Oregon Observatory provides three options for private parties to enjoy both daytime and night viewing. Private parties are available at the observatory or at client locations with our Astronomer-on-the-GO option. From birthday parties to corporate events, we have an option for you!
The staff of the Oregon Observatory provides outreach within the local communities and beyond. Outreach events vary; from teaching classes at Central Oregon Community College or one of the local schools - to free solar viewing at the Old Mill, High Desert Museum, and local fairs. The staff also attends many of the Star Parties located throughout the Pacific Northwest.