Also in the Ft. Davis area is the McDonald Observatory. A part of the Astronomy program at the University of Texas. The facility spans two peaks of the Davis Mountains.
Lots of interactive displays within the visitor center.
As well as outside. A view of the star party area behind the visitor center.
We weren’t lucky enough to attend on a star party date, but we did manage an afternoon program. We had a very well informed guide. He said that his “degrees” were in Geology, but he had been working at the observatory for 17 years. Though he defined himself as an amateur Astronomer, his knowledge sounded very professional to us.
He set up two telescopes which allowed us to view the sun. Pretty awesome seeing sunspots and flares on our nearest star.
We also got an “up close and personal” tour of two of the research telescopes.
Learned a lot about the history of the facility, going all the way back to 1939. Lots and lots of technical information, also. I’m sure all amateur astronomers would love this tour. Hope to get back one day for one of the star parties…..jc