Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, Mount Lemmon

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  • 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 »
  • 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...
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  • 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!
  • Excellent program. Great location. Guides were tremendous. The telescopes are amazing. When they say dress warmly, they mean it. Highly recommended program for amateur astronomers and anyone interested in the night sky.
  • Located at 9157' and boasting the "LARGEST" public dedicated telescope in the Southwest. The "SkyNights" experience is offered virtually every night. Def a must visit. 👍
  • Amazing skynights program, Travis and Ben showed us a beautiful clear night and were very well spoken and knowledgable about their field. Highly recommend, just be sure to dress warm! Truly unforgettable.
  • Beautiful guided tour (download the free app!) to introduce you to all the lovely features on the way up the mountain. So cool!
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