Community Observatory

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  • Address: 6699 Campus Dr, Placerville, CA 95667, USA, United States
  • Timings: 08:30 pm - 10:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-5306227130
  • Tags: Observatory, Family And Kids

If you want to experience the true stargazing in the real sense of the term, stop your wheels at Community Observatory, Placerville. Located in the foothills of El Dorado Country, this place is an awesome family destination which is a window to your imagination. Here you can follow the planets or chase the stars twinkling around you through the 17-inch and 14-inch reflecting telescopes in the clear, dark night sky. Far from the cacophony of city life, this isolated place will also fetch you a natural relaxation deck with many wildlife sounds like frogs croaking, owls screeching, coyotes howling, crickets chirping and geese honking. Also, don’t miss the photographs on display for the visitors. Just maintain the tranquility.

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How to Reach Community Observatory

  • Buses 30,50x,60 to stop : Folsom Lake College,El Dorado Center

  • Community Observatory Address: 6699 Campus Dr, Placerville, CA 95667, USA, United States
  • Community Observatory Contact Number: +1-5306227130
  • Community Observatory Timing: 08:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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  • 3.45% of people who visit Placerville include Community Observatory in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Community Observatory visit around 8 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Community Observatory


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Community Observatory Reviews & Ratings

  • A very nice but small observatory that is open to the public for visitation. Very many friendly staff that talked with us and were knowledgeable about astronomy. I felt like I was getting a free lesson. The star-gazing area was fairly small but was fine for normal day activities. I think that this would be unbearable to go to during a big celestial event however.

  • Great place for all ages. Docents are there to answer questions and set up the telescopes for some amazing view. The concrete seating area is a great place for pictures as well as quietly looking for planets

  • This is such an awesome spot. We had the opportunity to see the International Space Station(ISS) fly by. Fun Fact: The ISS orbits the Earth every 90 minutes! Additionally, we were able to look through the telescopes to see Jupiter, Saturn, and a binary star system. It was also dark and clear enough to see the Milky Way! The volunteers(docents) were knowledgeable and down to earth. Definitely recommend for anyone in the area!

  • This beautiful spot is a hidden gem ALL nearby should get to and enjoy. Free visits allow you to see the nearby planets and stars and the docents are so enthusiastic and helpful. My wife and I visited on Friday for our anniversary. From the parking lot, it's a short walk up to where the observatory, the building, and the telescopes are set up. The sun sets much later this time of year, so we weren't able to catch anything until about 8:30p. If you're visiting, be sure to plan accordingly for darkness (meaning bring a sweater and if necessary, a flashlight or a light app for your phone). For the first time ever, my wife and I got to see Jupiter and Saturn. The 4 telescopes we used were all rather high-powered so we saw the planets with EXCELLENT detail, including 4 of Jupiter's moons. I can not wait to return. Even though our visit was short, the area is beautiful and the experience is worth the drive up from Sacramento.

  • Great place to visit. For just the cost of parking, $2, you get to check out several different telescopes. We were able to see the moons and rings of Saturn, a few nebula and an entire galaxy. There was also a twenty minute live presentation showing different star consolation. The volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly.

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