Today we went to MacDonald Observatory and signed up for a tour. It was more than we imagined.
The views 360 degrees since you are at the top are, well, spectacular.
In the distance a cloud bank hung over the mountains.
I stood back to take a photo of the different buildings that house the actual telescopes.
We entered the building on the right which houses the 107 inch telescope and walked up 77 stair steps to see it.
It is too large to get a photo of the entire telescope. Depending on what the astronomers want to study, different parts are added and subtracted. The room is temperature controlled between 40 and 50 degrees. The photo below shows another area with a different type of telescope currently under construction.
After leaving here, we took a scenic drive in a circle through the mountains.
We were especially impressed with the unusual rock formations and the giant cotton wood trees of which we saw dozens along a stream bed.