Observatório do Lago Alqueva - OLADiscover Monsaraz's night sky and be amazed with the Universe
Located within of the Dark Sky Reserve in Alentejo, OLA aims that our visitors find a pleasant place to discover the Universe and learn more about Astronomy and astrophotography, in one of the areas of Europe most protected against the light polution of big cities.
N 38 ° 26′ 35.5″ W 7 ° 22′ 01.5″
(+351) 960 361 906
Activities for senior groups
The observatory offers a wide range of astronomy related activities having the seniors in mind.
Activities for schools
The observatory offers a wide range of astronomy related activities having the school programs in mind, from elementary to high school.
The observatory offers a wide range of astronomical equipment for rental, such as telescopes, mounts and cameras. Click here to know more.
Houses the reception and shop, the bookshop and the auditorium. It has a dome with a telescope for the night sky observations. The visitors can enjoy the view onto the Alqueva lake and village of Monsaraz. On the foreground the sundial where one can learn how to measure the local time from the direction of our shadow.
The observation platform is located at the center of the observatory field. It is used as a support structure for large groups of astronomers and has a central role on the organization of star parties. It consists of a solid surface where tripods and pillars can be installed for telescopes and binoculars as well as other support equipment and with access to the electricity grid.
It is the main room where events such as talks, courses, workshops or even concerts happen. There are always two photography exhibitions displayed from either young or well known authors. It is possible to rent the auditorium for meetings, conferences or anniversary parties.
This is the dome where the main telescope resides and where the most detailed work and images are performed.
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