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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory Reviews
My husband and I jumped on this tour on the recommendation of a friend - not really knowing much about it - and it was fantastic! Withing the first hour or so we had been able to view two stars during... more »
Most of the members of our group (family with young adult children) really enjoyed the experience. It's educational and different. A couple warnings, the program is 5 hours long and would not be suita... more »
Ja, er war wirklich da und gab uns pünktlich um 15.30 Uhr am Eingang zum Sky-Center die Hand. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt trugen wir noch ein T-Shirt und konnten uns kaum vorstellen, dass wir später noch unse... more »Yes, he really was there and gave us the hand just in time to 15:30 at the entrance to the sky Center. At this point, we were still a T-Shirt and could hardly imagine that we'd need later our winter clothes. Bill, our guide, explained quite quickly to clarify that he was not quite as wealthy as his namesake of Microsoft but perhaps has the niedlicheren dog. Bill has not only humor but also the gift to bring his expertise - the world of the stars and the universe - us laymen. Gently, he took us through the universe. With many examples, explanations and the accompaniment of the sunset. Already, it was rewarding. Then we were able to strengthen us with a movie (a small buffet with coffee, cocoa, tea, and water was built for us). Then, it was at the operation level, to the Schulman telescope. We were amazed, chattering (from cold) and listened to the stories and explanations by Bill. Unfortunately my English is not good enough so that I could understand not everything. But pictures say we know more than words and we were allowed to see plenty. By the spy satellites of the Russians up to Saturn, Neptune, Sedona, Uranus and asteroid Matilda, just to name a few. My daughter and I were in agreement. This night was unique and fascinating. Despite considerable jet lag by 9 h and a 23-hour arrival we fought fatigue and even today to say: highly recommended, make! Maybe our Bill is a rich man. Rich in charisma, sympathy and enthusiasm. On the way home we saw his star still shine...
This was a wonderful evening! The volunteers giving the tour are very knowledgeable of the equipment and astronomy. You get to see through a 32" and a 24" telescope. This outing is much better than the more well known Kitt Peak tour! You'll get to see Star clusters, nebulae, planet cluster, planets, and a "black hole". The drive up Mount Lemmon is beautiful, be sure to stop at Windy Point on the way up and again on leaving to see to night view!
The facilator..Travis was extremely knowledgeable. We had a small group and was so awesome to look through the large telescope. We wore our winter jackets and was so thankful we did. So amazing! Go if you get the chance!
Travis is smart & funny. He deserves 5 Stars, in his honor. His presentation of the universe is out of this world!
The tour guide was very nice, but he spent so much time (2 hours) answering questions about unrelated subjects that we missed the sunset. Then the telescope wouldn't work (at least another hour doing this) and then said we could maybe get on the waiting list for tomorrow. The stars I saw are the ones I could see from Tucson. The information was average. He said that we could "maybe" get a partial refund. People wanted to go home but he said it had to be a group decision so people were forced to stay. Three hours to drive to and from and the telescope didn't even work. Not worth the time or effort.
So much fun! I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it. My favorite thing was seeing Orion's Nebula and looking at the sun with binoculars (seriously). I also liked seeing the obnoxious couple getting yelled at for using flash photography when we were all told to turn off anything with light. When they say tiny bit of light messes with the equipment, they mean it.
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