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The 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!

Flyer Observatoire François-Xavier Bagnoud
Chemin des Planètes
  Jeu des Planètes


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. The Observatory opens its doors to the public, summer and winter, at the following times :

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.-*
  • From June to October :
    Visits with the Anniviers Liberté pass : CHF 10.-/person

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

 

Information importante concernant l’inscription en ligne et le paiement : Le paiement est fait en ligne avec carte de crédit lors de l’inscription à une Soirée Astronomique (plus de précisions dans les Conditions générales sur le site de l'OFXB). 

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.nnaître!

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.-