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National Solar Observatory/ Sacramento Peak

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In transition but still interesting

Management of the site is in transition. Only one telescope was open to the public IF you catch... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Austin, Texas
Interesting & pretty area but cannot see telescopes

My husband and I went to the National Solar Observatory (Sunspot) on a Thursday. We drove up from... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Austin, Texas
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27 Aug 2018
“In transition but still interesting”
4 Sep 2018
“Must see!”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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3010 Coronal Loop, Sunspot, NM 88349-9700
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this site online when looking for things to do in the area. We were pleasantly surprised about how fun and educational it was to learn about the sun and solar system even as middle aged adults! Staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed...More

2  Thank ruerep
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Management of the site is in transition. Only one telescope was open to the public IF you catch the employee there, which we were fortunate enough to do. Visitor center has some interesting exhibits. Amazing view of the whole valley below is worth the short...More

1  Thank ML B
Reviewed 2 July 2018

NMSU have just taken over this, now they do their own guided tours led by enthusiastic students and knowledgeable staff. Go on Saturday for the full experience.

1  Thank Rtj_lc
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We drove up the mountain to see the Sunspot Solar Observatory and, even though it was a weekend and we knew no tours would be offered, we were sadly disappointed at how you can't see much. We did enjoy the view of the Tularosa Basin.

1  Thank MossFolks
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We went up for an impromptu trip to watch the eclipse. All the staff was friendly, the area was beautiful and they had a little walking trail. We visited their little museum and had a chat with some of their employees about the eclipse and...More

Thank delited
Reviewed 21 July 2017

My husband and I went to the National Solar Observatory (Sunspot) on a Thursday. We drove up from Alamogordo early in the morning in hopes to see more wildlife. We were not disappeared. We saw elk along Sunspot scenic byway at 8:30 am (last week...More

3  Thank M J
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A good self-guided walking tour of the different telescopes of the observatory, however, they cannot be seen from inside. However, its worth while for the scenic views of the White Sands and Alamogordo below.

1  Thank rb123456789rb
Reviewed 28 March 2017

great experience. Take your time and meander around the site at your own time. Enjoy the main tower. Very chatty scientists who will happily answer your questions.

Thank Rtj_lc
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Sooooo boring. Even for my husband who is an astronomy nut. A very bored attendant sullenly takes your $3 per person so you can walk around a very small display of very old pictures and equipment. Not one picture is a solar flare or sunspot...More

2  Thank SnapDragonfly
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Columbus Day weekend and visitor center closed. But don't dismay. Keep on the walking tour because the buildings are open and the bathrooms at the visitor center are available for public use, even tho the center itself is closed. Able to enter the solar observatory....More

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13 September 2018|
Response from TheresaK9 |
Start looking at the sun with an infra red filter on your smartphone camera or video cam. You'll see something very very interesting!