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The Hopservatory opened in May of 2017 with the goal of raising scientific literacy and educating our visitors about big and unwieldy concepts like scale, size, time, distance and speed in our solar system and beyond. We are a huge proponent for saving Central Oregon's dark skies and invite you to learn how you can DECREASE YOUR LIGHT FOOTPRINT.


Located at WORTHY BREWING (495 NE Bellevue Dr, Bend).

Have questions? Want to book a tour? Need help with a telescope?

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7-8 PM


7-9 PM


We are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservation is required. We don't charge for public viewing but we do recommend a donation of $5 per person! Due to the limited capacity inside the dome, you may have to wait in a short line before entering.


Open house viewing includes a peek through our 16-inch research-grade telescope. You’ll have the opportunity to gaze upon galaxies, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and of course, the Moon, guided by our resident astronomer Grant.​ The Hopservatory is great for kids and adults alike – everyone is awed by the stars!

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Follow our INSTAGRAM, or shoot us a message to keep up to date on local solar viewing events and viewings.

H-alpha solar telescopes work by allowing hydrogen-alpha light to pass through while rejecting all other wavelengths. This filtering effect allows you to see only glowing hydrogen gas and gives you the contrast to see the Sun for what it really is: a dynamic, seething, and occasionally violent place where immense amounts of energy and hot gas are flung into space.

Our mobile Hydrogen Alpha telescope has protective filters to keep us safe as we view features such as sunspots, solar flares, prominences, and filaments.


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Want a more intimate experience

with the sky? Book a private tour for your friends, family, school group, or business associates! Private tours allow you to experience a one-on-one program with our telescope and knowledgeable astronomy docent.


To accommodate our busy public programs, private tours are limited to select Tuesday nights in the spring and summer. Programs fees start at $250/hour minimum for groups of up to 20 people, $50 extra/hour, per additional 10 people.


Full coverage scholarships are available for school groups!

​For more information or to schedule your private tour, contact

What's Up: February 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA

What's Up: February 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA

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we may cancel viewings due to cloudy weather. BEFORE CALLing or Emailing TO ASK...

To interpret, find the row labeled "cloud cover." Darker blue = clear skies. White/gray blocks = cloudy.

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