McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory, Texas

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory

About McDonald Observatory

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center is the public outreach office for the McDonald Observatory in the West Texas area. The Visitors Center offers daily tours of the research facilities (reservations required) and solar viewing programs as well as Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening "Star Parties." Star Parties are evening/nighttime viewing programs using both the unaided eye and telescopes, conducted at the Visitors Center Public Observatory at the base of Mount Locke. For more information on our extensive public programs go to our website.

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The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory

The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory

Prices

Daytime Pass - Solar Viewing & Tour - Daily

The Daytime Pass includes our Solar Viewing program (live, safe view of the Sun, weather permitting) and a Guided Tour of the research areas. Plan on, at least, roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes to join both programs.

$8.00 / Adults
$7.00 / Snr (65+)
$7.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)

Eclipse Day Guided Tour

A morning (10:30a) and an afternoon (3:00p) tour of the research facilities on August 21st, 2017.

$4.00 / Adults
$3.00 / Snr (65+)
$3.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)

Solar Viewing Only - Daily

No time for the tour? Join just our Solar Viewing (first 45 min. of each daytime program)

$5.00 / Adults
$4.00 / Snr (65+)
$4.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)

Spring Break Guided Tours (March 10-17, 2018)

Modified Guided Tour programs during the busy week of Spring Break 2018. While your school may have a different week off, the vast majority of school districts in Texas are out during the week of March 10 - 17 in 2018.

$6.00 / Adults
$5.00 / Snr (65+)
$5.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)

Spring Break Solar Viewings (March 10-17, 2018)

Modified Solar Viewing programs during the busy weeks of Spring Break 2018. If you want to participate in both daytime programs during Spring Break, you'll need to purchase both this pass as well as a Guided Tour pass.

$4.00 / Adults
$3.00 / Snr (65+)
$3.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)

Twilight Program - Tu, Fr, Sa (and as scheduled)

There is NO telescope viewing at the Twilight Program. The early evening Twilight Program is a 1-hour educational program intended to enrich the Star Party experience.

$5.00 / Adults
$5.00 / Snr (65+)
$5.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)

Star Party - Tu, Fr, & Sa (and as scheduled)

Evening viewing programs held at the Visitors Center - typically includes constellation touring, telescope viewing, and other presentations. Alternate indoor activities held on cloudy evenings.

$12.00 / Adults
$10.00 / Snr (65+)
$8.00 / Child (6-12)
$0.00 / Child (0-5)