About McDonald Observatory
The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center is the public outreach office for the McDonald Observatory in the West Texas area. The Visitors Center offers daily tours of the research facilities (reservations required) and solar viewing programs as well as Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening "Star Parties." Star Parties are evening/nighttime viewing programs using both the unaided eye and telescopes, conducted at the Visitors Center Public Observatory at the base of Mount Locke. For more information on our extensive public programs go to our website.