Buy Tickets for Programs

The Star Party on September 15th, 2020 has been canceled due to weather concerns. If you had passes for tonight's program, your reservation will be canceled and your passes refunded. No other action on your part is required. An email with further information has been sent to the address used to make your reservation.


At this time, The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center is open only for Star Parties.  These will occur on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, weather permitting. All programs are subject to capacity limits. Reservations are required for programs; no exeptions will be made. To ensure program participation, make advance reservations below.


Join us for the following programs at our West Texas observatory.

Use the tools below to buy tickets. The system defaults to one adult pass. If you don't need that pass, click the number field and select zero.


  Adults •Military
•Senior (65+)
•Children (all ages, even babies)
Star Party $25 $20

$20 for locals (Fort Davis, Alpine, and Marfa, with valid proof of residency)

Please include all members of your party in your tour reservation (including passes for children of any age). Contact us for more information or to let us know if you have special needs. Bring a printout of your online receipt, a digital copy on your device (note that the Observatory does not have public WiFi and is out of cell range) or make note of the confirmation code you receive from our system. Passes will be under your last name at the Information Desk.

Important: McDonald Observatory, part of the University of Texas at Austin, is located 450 miles west of Austin and is on Central Time.


Amphitheater with Milky Way

Amphitheater with Milky Way (horizontal)