McDonald Observatory

Saturday, April 5, 2003

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The McDonald Observatory is definitely worth visiting.  It is pretty easy to find.  If you go from Fort Davis toward Davis Mountains State Park, just keep on going past the park by another 14 miles and you will be there.  The visitor center has a number of exhibits that do a good job of explaining the science of astronomy.  Kids would really like it - the exhibits are very interactive.  They also give guided tours.  You can also go on your own self directed tours.  Just pick up a copy of "A Self-Guided Walking Tour on Mt Locke and Mt Fowlkes" for a $1 at the visitor center.  The first time we were at the Observatory was last Christmas.

This time around we decided to take the guided tour.  The guided tour cost us $6 a piece.  The tour guide was great!  We rode in the little tour bus (below left).  The guide drove the bus.   If you visit the observatory, take the guided tour.  If the tour is crowded, don't ride the bus.  Take your own car.

We will try to schedule one of our next trips to Davis Mountains State Park so we can attend a "Star Party."  See the McDonald Observatory web site for information.  They actually let you look through one of the big giant telescopes.   They also tell you lots about how the telescopes work and what they are used for.   They cover more detail than the regular guided tours.

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Below is a radio telescope.  The radio telescope isn't run by the University of Texas.  If you click on the images, you can get a larger picture.  We were able to watch the radio telescope turn.

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