Use the form at the bottom of this page if you can't find a specific department below that can help with your request.

Mailing address

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center
3640 Dark Sky Drive
McDonald Observatory, TX 79734


To book programs and activities at the Visitors Center in Fort Davis, Texas, in advance, use the online reservation form. For problems or questions about your reservation, send email to the reservations department.

Astronomers Lodge Reservations

For issues regarding any onsite accommodations you may have already reserved, please contact the Astronomers Lodge directly at 432-426-4138 or a.lodge @


To make a tax-deductible contribution and join the Friends of McDonald, call toll-free 888-442-4356 or join online. For questions about your membership, call or send email to friends @

Visitors Center

To hear a recorded message detailing hours, prices, and other information about visiting the Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas, call toll-free 877-984-7827. For other inquiries, call 432-426-3640 or send email to info @

Teachers & Educators

For information about classroom visits and teacher development programs, call Marc Wetzel at 432-426-3672 or send email to teachers @

Public Information and Media Inquiries

For questions about an Observatory news release or StarDate magazine, or to arrange an interview with an astronomer or a media visit to the Observatory call Rebecca Johnson at 512-475-6763 or send email to news @

Gift Shop

To inquire about item availability or to follow up on an online order, send email to giftshop @ or call 432-426-3645 (800-STARDATE for magazine orders).