The McDonald Observatory is an incredible resource for anyone interested in learning more about the universe. Its remote location in the Davis Mountains allows for prime viewing of the night sky. Visitors to the Observatory should plan to stay several nights in a Fort Davis Texas Bed and Breakfast. Fort Davis is located at the foot of the mountains, less than 20 miles from the McDonald Observatory.
The Visitors Center is open daily; while it is certainly worth a visit, the real magic occurs at night. Throughout the year, the McDonald Observatory offers a variety of star gazing parties and special events, and they are well worth the planning it takes to get there.
McDonald Observatory Special Events:
- Evening Star Party: look through large telescopes to see constellations and view the moon, planets, stars, galaxies, etc.
- Lunar Viewing: see the moon as you’ve never seen it, through a 16-inch telescope.
- Dinner and a Viewing: enjoy dinner and then a special dessert – view the universe through the 107-inch Harian J. Smith Telescope.
- Special Viewing Night on the 36″ Telescope: the 1956 telescope perched atop Mt. Locke provides incredible views of planets, planetary nebulae, etc.
Dates for all evening programs are entirely dependent on the universe. Please see the McDonald Observatory for dates and details.
Fort Davis Texas Bed and Breakfasts welcome star gazers any time of year.