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Kitt Peak National Observatory, Sells

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  • I am not good with heights and the drive up made me feel extremely queasy, luckily it wasn't busy so there was no one to get angry with my very tentative driving! The kids are 5th/ 6th grade and they ...  more »
  • Child soon will have telescopes in one spot but still Kitt Peak is a leader. There is about 26- telescopes at Kitt Peak. You can visit at least 3 of them. There are daily tours ( longer and shorter......  more »
  • We drove out from Tucson, about an hour, and it was well worth it. The drive up to the top is as outstanding as the observatory. While we were there they had two different telescopes showing sun spots...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite places to visit in Arizona. Excellent tours and great programs. The views on the drive up and at the top are magnificent.
  • They severely need to restructure their nightly program. I just lost out on $50 because they cancelled the program due to clouds and severe wind and wanted to do some lame tour thing instead, and I didn't think it was worth the $100 total and hour drive there and back to essentially go to a COSI. I know they specify that this is their policy on their website, but it's a terrible policy. At the least, they should offer a discounted cancellation fee if you cancel because THEY changed the program. This is a total rip off, it was the one thing my mother wanted to do while she was in town with me and now she can't do it. I'm sorry that I didn't want to expose my elderly mother to "severe winds" to go see a lame "hands-on activity" that I could do at home. The weather forecast looked fine when we scheduled, but you can't always predict it.
  • We arrived around 5:30 and looked around at some of the displays, watched a video and ate a provided turkey sandwich, chips, granola bar and cookie. One of our guides went over some rules and then we went outside to view the sunset. It was very cold that evening so I HIGHLY recommend bringing several layers, coats, hats, gloves and a blanket. When we walked back (short walk), we used the telescope to view the moon and Jupiter and her moons. Then we went outside with binoculars and the 2nd guide was very helpful in viewing stars and constellations. It got really cloudy and we weren't able to continue the scheduled tour so our guides arranged for us to go see one of the very large telescopes; which I thought was awesome because they could have just said "sorry the tour it over". our guides were Jonathan and Remco and they were both great. Very interesting, glad we choose to do this.
  • Very interesting place with great views of the surrounding area. When scheduling any night observations make sure the weather is clear. We made reservations for an observation and even gave them our credit card number to reserve our spot, but the weather was overcast and they canceled the program we signed up for. They didn't refund our money, but did give us a program about the radio telescopes they had. If your going up there to see stars make sure the weather is going to be good. They also will tape red plastic sheets over the headlights of your car to cut down on the visible light they emit, when they guide you down the mountain in the dark. Make sure to take the tape off as soon as you can, it doesn't come off easily and gets harder to take off with time.
  • Excellent location to visit, the drive up offers stunning views but the vista from the top is breath taking. The tours are fascinating and the staff very friendly but simply being able to explore at your own pace makes this a very relaxed location. A must for anyone visiting Arizona, just remember to take your passports/photo ID as you will pass border control on the freeway back to Tucson.