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François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory

Saint-Luc - Observe the sun and scan the immensity of space, learn about telescopes and find the constellations – there is so much to do at the François-Xavier Bagnoud observatory, summer and winter. Space at your fingertips!

The Observatoire François-Xavier Bagnoud (OFXB) stands close to the top of the St-Luc funicular in a location renowned for the purity and stability of its atmosphere. The Observatory has a full range of high-tech instruments (a 60 cm telescope with CCD camera, a 15 cm telescope, a heliostat) which enable the skies to be watched constantly, day and night

L’Observatoire ouvre ses portes au public, été comme hiver, aux occasions suivantes :

Astronomical evenings

Dates / times :

Dates and times can be seen on the website of the OFXB

Meeting point :

At the funicular

Duration of visit :

Between 1½ and 2 hours

Bookings :

Anniviers Tourisme - St-Luc office - +41(0)27 476 17 10

Prices :

  • Adults: CHF 26.-*
  • Children (6-15): CHF 24.-*
  • With the pass Anniviers Liberté : CHF 10.-
  • With the Magic Pass : CHF 20.-*
  • With an annual or winter season pass : CHF 20.-*

*Travel on the funicular system is included in the price (price excluding travel is CHF 20)

Important information concerning online booking and payment: payment for an Astronomy Evening booked online must be made by credit card at the time of booking (full details are given in the General Terms and Conditions on the OFXB website)

Please note :

  • Warm clothing is essential whatever the season
  • Astronomical evenings for groups can be arranged on request

Observation of the sun

Dates / times :

Dates and times can be seen on the website of the OFXB

Meeting point :

At the Observatory

Duration of visit :

Around 45 min

Bookings :

Not required

In bad weather :

A talk about the sun

Prices :

  • Adults: CHF 10.-
  • Children (6-15) : CHF 7.-
  • Not including funicular fare

Please note :

  • From June to October :
    Visits with the Anniviers Liberté pass : free
  • Observations of the sun for groups can be arranged on request
  • Detailed prices, technical information, visiting dates, a photo gallery and all practical information can be found at the OFXB website

The Planetarium

The Planetarium is a new-generation digital optical system that allows images or films to be projected onto a hemispherical screen (for instance, a dynamic simulation of a starry sky, or a film explaining how eclipses happen). It can be used to illustrate any astronomical subject, for customised sessions that use spectacular full-dome projection.

The Planetarium is situated on the Route du Vieux Village, in an old 19th-century granary called "Stellarium". It is easily recognisable by its special window shaped like a crescent moon, on the side of the building that faces the road.

Dates / times :

Dates and times can be seen on the website of the OFXB

Meeting point :

At the Planetarium, on the Route du Vieux Village 60-minute session

Duration of visit :

60 minutes

Bookings :

Anniviers Tourisme - Bureau de St-Luc - +41(0)27 476 17 10

Prices :

CHF 10.-

Contact

Observatoire François-Xavier Bagnoud
3961 St-Luc
+41(0)27 476 17 10
+41 (0)79 953 60 15

Opening times

Open in summer and winter on certain occasions
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