Reimers Observatory is a public facility operated by Travis County Parks. The observatory is located at Reimers Ranch Park, approximately 25 miles southwest of Austin, Texas. It offers public astronomy programs suitable for people of all ages. Two large telescopes, one 25-inches in diameter and another 15-inches in diameter. Observatory staff will discuss what is seen. Reservations required. For more, see website.
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