WHO We ARe?

The François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory is a non-profit foundation that offers a wide range of activities on the theme of astronomy for audiences of all levels.

From the Digital Planetarium Session to the Astronomical Observation Evening and the observation of the sun, OFXB has something to satisfy all those curious about the sky.

To discover the sky, the sun or the planets, take advantage of our day and night activities regularly scheduled throughout the year (see the program of activities).

Groups (min. 15 people) also have the option of reserving the observatory outside the official dates and opening hours to the public. Do not hesitate to inquire by contacting the team of animators of the OFXB.

Whatever your choice of activity, the animators, Michaël Cottier and Eric Bouchet look forward to welcoming you to the Observatory!

After the success encountered during the public evenings organized on the heights of Saint-Luc on the occasion of the passage of Halley’s comet in 1986, the two initiators and animators Jean-Claude Pont and Georges Meynet quickly felt the need to benefit from a hard structure to accommodate the many curious visitors. The idea of building an observatory at an altitude of 2,200m in a unique setting was born. The meeting with the Bagnoud family and their financial commitment, the local mobilization around this ambitious project did the rest and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory – whose name is a tribute to the young pilot tragically disappeared in a helicopter accident – was born, saw its first light and received its first visitors in 1999.