Goldendale Observatory State Park, Goldendale

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Goldendale Observatory State Park is an educational facility on the northern side of Goldendale, Washington, notable for its unusually large public telescope. The state park occupies five acres (2.0 ha) atop a 2,100-foot (640 m) hill.

Access is via a winding paved road through an oak forest. The site includes a small picnic area, interpretive center, amphitheater, and the observatory.
There are several telescopes on-site, including portable Dobsonians, a permanently mounted Hydrogen-Alpha solar telescope, and the primary instrument; a 24.5-inch reflector which is housed in the South Dome. The facility receives 30-40,000 visitors annually. From 2010 to 2017 the park was an International Dark Sky Park, and expects to be a dark sky site again when the current observatory reconstruction is completed.

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  • What an incredibly fun, out-of-this-world learning experience! We took our 9-year-old space-crazed son to the Goldendale Observatory for his BIG birthday present and it did not disappoint. First off.....  more
    What an incredibly fun, out-of-this-world learning experience! We took our 9-year-old space-crazed son to the Goldendale Observatory for his BIG birthday present and it did not disappoint. First off.....  more »
  • This trip was well worth the time and staying up past my bedtime - even on a cloudy night. To get the most out - go for one of the shows. I learned so much and was completely entertained for 2... 
    This trip was well worth the time and staying up past my bedtime - even on a cloudy night. To get the most out - go for one of the shows. I learned so much and was completely entertained for 2...  more »
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  • An incredible experience to be had here. The staff us extremely kind and knowledgeable in everything star/space related. In fact, I had a few discussions about observatories in other states that I had visited and they knew more about those places than I did! We were treated to a great live view of the sun combined with a session with the staff on everything sun related. They were able to do some pretty detailed q and a with the visitors. Definitely recommend checking out the observatory while in Goldendale.
  • Although we were there too early to go inside, we actually walked around the grounds. Very cool human sundial, paved walk way around the whole building. We will come back for sure to do the shows.

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