Kitt Peak National Observatory, Sells
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My wife and I drove to the Kitt Peak National Observatory for an afternoon and barely made it to our destination as the road is promptly closed from 4:00PM to 9:00AM each day to reduce the amount of l... read more »
We chose to enjoy the observatory at a self-guided pace rather than a guided tour, and it was definitely the right decision. We walked to the 4-meter and solar telescopes and had completely private ac... read more »
This was a highlight of our trip. The night tour offers dinner (or you can bring your own - theirs is a choice of a turkey or vegetarian sandwich plus chips, cookie, water...). Initially they orient y... read more »
My family and I did the Nightly Observing Program and we LOVED it. Absolutely 100 percent worth checking out. I am definitely doing it again the next time I'm in the Tucson area. What a wonderful opportunity to see amazing things. The guides were very knowledgeable, professional, and passionate about astronomy. When they tell you to layer up, LAYER UP. It is chilly up there. I can't wait to do it again.
Amazing 3 tours, each is different. 1st is solar telescope and next 2 optical telescopes for night viewing & tracking near earth objects. The guides are so generous with information & question time, there isn't much time between tours so take snack and definitely water on every tour. Lunch break time was sufficient to eat but you must bring picnic lunch as there are no food services. Visitor's center has a few displays & gift shop and a cooler with cold drinks for purchase. Amazing 360 views from 3rd tour. Fascinating place! Watch driving speeds on the straight highway out of Tuscon as the speed lowers a couple of times. There is a border patrol stop as well but quick. It was hot the day we were there but cool breeze & be prepared for all weather. Website has great info. on tours and prep. for visiting. Highly recommended!
Really informative and enthusiastic tour guide, lots of very interesting facts about the telescopes balanced with actual answers to questions not directly related to the facility. Would definitely take a longer tour or stay overnight to rent the scope next time I visit!
Visited in 2007 and going back soon. My wife and I found it amazing and beautiful too. This is probably one of the most accessible research grade telescope installations in the US. The docents are very interesting and the grounds are well maintained. Be prepared to walk and dress in layers. Dont miss the McMath solar scope!
It's a good observatory. The staff were knowledgeable, and had a variety of tour options. I loved the outdoors display with the green laser pointer to show us end stars. The kids paid attention, which was our goal.
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