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Community Observatory

6699 Campus Dr, Placerville, CA 95667-7744
+1 530-344-5707
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A gem!

This is a wonderful opportunity! Go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening for an awesome... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2017
TravelDeMistyFied
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Rescue, California
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

I had read about this on Trip Advisor, so while staying over in Placerville we ventured over to the... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Tricia H
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Arroyo Grande, California
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View Stars, Planets, Galaxies, Nebulae and even our own Sun through our telescopes. We have a 17" CDK Reflecting Telescope and a 4" APO Refracting telescope in the observatory for you to look through. While waiting your turn at the eyepiece you can view images on a monitor from our 14" SCT telescope outfitted with a special astronomy video camera that is many times more sensitive to light than your eyes. This allows you to see the beautiful colors of stellar nurseries, galaxies and more. We also have a 16" and 6" Dobsonian portable telescopes for you to use and learn about how to use a telescope. We also have an outdoor "Sky Theater" where docents give tours of the constellations outlining them with their laser pointers showing you what is up in the sky during your visit. On the first Saturday of each month we are open from 10am until noon showing you our Sun through our safe solar telescopes. We can show you the sunspots on the photosphere in "white light" and prominences, filaments, and flares in the chromasphere in Hydrogen Alpha light. Look for us on Facebook and YouTube.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6699 Campus Dr, Placerville, CA 95667-7744
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

This is a wonderful opportunity! Go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening for an awesome experience. Start outside while a docent points out the solar system with a high powered laser. You won't crane your neck as you lean back on their special seating. You...More

5  Thank TravelDeMistyFied
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I had read about this on Trip Advisor, so while staying over in Placerville we ventured over to the college. First, to find, drive to the end of the road and turn left into the large parking lot. There are not any signs. Follow the...More

4  Thank Tricia H
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

There are charts and videos to help explain everything that you are seeing and they have places you can sit and they even have multiple different telescopes.

3  Thank Juli K
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

-Veiwing Experience- The CPRCO has a variety of telescopes that offer all different types of ocular viewing and perspective. Depending on the time of year, the biggest hits are deffinetly Jupiter and Saturn because of their massive size and the extent of detail that is...More

4  Thank willwork2ski
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

It's dark with great star views. Usually have a proctor on duty giving star tours and a big telescope. If you want to use the scope or expert make sure they're going to be there. Cloudy, or clouds coming and they don't open up, though...More

5  Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

We have been to their Solar Saturdays, and many Friday and Saturday nights, as well as lectures by people from NASA. They also will bring at least one telescope to special public events around El Dorado County. At the observatory they have several different telescopes...More

7  Thank SusanHawksworthy
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We have visited the observatory 3-4 times and its simply fantastic. We saw the international space station, rings of saturn and much more. The highlight is to sit and listen to the docent talk in the amphitheater. The volunteers are very knowledgeable. We brought our...More

6  Thank tracycelio
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Been coming regularly for over seven years. They have been open for ten. I Never grow tired of the evenings and spending time observing the nights sky. They have updated some of their equipment and it is phenomenally eye opening to see such things. Stellar...More

6  Thank someyawhoo
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I took my two young kids (6 & 2) to event here. They were able to look through the giant telescopes too! There were lots of different types of telescopes & binoculars. The kids thought it was so awesome to be able to see the...More

7  Thank Arian K
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

Our first visit we had expectations of fuzzy views through a telescope or two. Instead our head was swimming with wonder as the volunteer staff filled our minds with the expanse of the universe. At the time, the black and white camera was imaging a...More

10  Thank someyawhoo
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