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Description - The Goldendale Observatory is located in Klickitat County, one mile north of Goldendale just off Columbus Avenue on a bluff. The park provides hands-on observing through telescopes, interpretive lectures and viewing of scientific displays.

Attractions - The Goldendale Observatory houses a 24.5 inch reflecting telescope (one of the largest apertures in the USA available for public use), in addition to a secondary dome which houses an eight-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescope. The facility has twelve portable telescopes and special camera accessories available to the public and a lecture room which contains astronomical displays. The park also has restroom facilities, a science library and a parking lot with a capacity for 30 cars.

Recreation - Activities at the park include hands-on observing through telescopes, interpretive lectures and viewing scientific displays. There are two program schedules for summer and winter.

Climate - Influenced by the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains, this area is characterized by a generally wet and temperate climate. Winters are cool and cloudy with rain and some snow. Maximum winter temperatures are normally in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively.

Location - The Observatory is located in Klickitat County, one mile north of Goldendale just off Columbus Avenue on a bluff.

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Contact Information:
Goldendale Observatory State Park, 1602 Observatory Dr. , Goldendale, WA, 98620, Phone: 509-773-3141

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