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McDonald Observatory, Texas: McDonald Observatory

Out in the middle of nowhere, which is where you want an observatory to be. Look at the telescopes during the day, attend Star Parties at night.

3640 Dark Sky Drive, McDonald Observatory, TX
I-10 exit 176, then 37 miles south on Hwy 118 to the observatory. Only one little service station at the freeway exit; make sure you have a full tank of gas. And dress warm, it gets cold at night in the mountains.
Daily 10-5:30; Star Parties at night (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $8 day, $12 star party
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On select dates, the observatory offers the opportunity to look through the larger telescopes for a (substantial) fee.

[Kristi, 08/08/2019]
McDonald Observatory

This is a gem of a place for star gazing, star parties, and just looking up to the sky for the heck of it!

[Lisa, 06/06/2013]

The observatory is in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, and claims to have some of the darkest night skies in the continental U.S.

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