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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, Mount Lemmon

(4.7/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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  • Our presenter, Travis, was incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic! He took the time to answer any and all questions we had. Although we didn't get a chance to see any planets or moons during the nig...  more »
  • You don't often get opportunities like this, so if you are ever in the area do it! Loved every minute, from meeting at the gate to the final close ups of the moon. Travis is a great teacher, so enthus...  more »
  • I'm no scientist, but I do watch the Discovery Channel. For the layman this is a great chance to not only view some remarkable things through a telescope, but to also learn a lot about our galaxy and ...  more »
  • Amazing experience for anyone visiting the Tuscon area who is even mildly interested in astronomy! The instructors were knowledgable, fun and answered any questions that we had. Would recommend visiting during a time where the moon and/or planets are visible in the night sky- but regardless, seeing stars through the telescopes was still completely worth it. The drive up Mt Lemmon was beautiful and the sunset we saw from the top of the mountain was exceptional. We will definitely return on our next visit and hope to take part in Astronomers Night next time! Special thanks to Travis, our wonderful instructor!
  • If you are in Tucson then you owe it to yourself to do this tour. Travis Deyoe was our tour guide and he was truly great. This experience will sit with me for the rest of my life. I saw the rings of Saturn through a telescope *drops mic*
  • Some of the best views in the world in my opinion. Beautiful mountain top. Hike around the observatory to the meadow! It's worth it.
  • Came here for their star-gazing and it was a great experience. Our tour guide, Matt, was energetic and knowledgeable and kept us entertained and engaged, even when we were freezing. The groups can be pretty big so you don't get that much time looking at each object through the telescope. The meal they provided was typical sandwiches but the amount was quite generous. I think they could streamline the process a little better so you don't have to take a ride in their shuttle quite so often but it was still a unique and educational trip. FYI, I went in early April and it was cooolldd up there so come prepared.
  • We drove from Denver to enjoy this wonderful program. When you arrive, you're greeted by your presenter. You'll travel up the mountain to an old military radar station in which the observatory now stands. The presenter will take you on a small tour of the area before loading everyone on a bus to take you to a presentation hall. You'll then be fed a meal of sandwhiches, salad and drinks while the watching a presentation. After that, you'll be loaded back on the bus and head over to the observatory to take turns looking at many solar objects using the 32" telescope. In all, you'll spend about 5 hours on site. I cannot stress enough that you need to dress like you're going to the north pole. It was about 20 degrees that night. Also, buy some hand warmers! And please, be respectful of others' experience. You and your children shouldn't distract others. We absolutely loved the SkyCenter and I have no doubt that we'll be going again!