The McDonald Observatory is located 450 miles west of Austin, Texas. It sits atop Mt. Locke in the heart of the Davis Mountains at an elevation of 6,800 feet. At present, there are three operating telescopes: 2.7-meter, 2.1-meter, and .76-meter reflectors. The Observatory is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared, and it boasts one of the first and most productive lunar ranging stations. A giant new telescope, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, will begin science operations in 1998. The HET is an innovative departure from classical telescope design and will be dedicated to the spectroscopic analysis of light.