The observatory was 16miles up the road for our morning tour. We missed the star party. This is when we would have been able to look through telescopes ourselves at the night sky. We missed it because it was the night before. The star party is the reason why we wanted to go there in the first place but the night they had it they saw zero so there was no need to be disappointed.
The dinning room pictured here was at the ranch.
They had a beautiful lodge.
Sun dial which said it was 1:30.
The top of the Hobby-Eberly building turned around the telescope
The picture above is a video of the dome moving in position so the telescope could face the sky. The telescope also moves continually to keep up with the earth's rotation. It is 86" in diameter. The room is kept at the same temperature they estimate the outside temperature will be that evening. It was 36 degrees in there for our viewing!