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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Traveler Description: This is hidden gem on Mt Lemmon is suitable for all ages, from children to adults. The high quality of SkyNights program will impress and please both... more »
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south yorkshire
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

2 years ago we visited Tucson and were disappointed not to be able to get on a star gazing evening. So 2 years later when we had the opportunity to visit Arizona again the first thing we booked was this night and boy was it worth it. I cannot recommend this highly enough. What an evening! My partner is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Wonderful experience! A must when visiting Tucson. Rejuvenated my interest in astronomy. The experience was humbling to understand the vastness of space and the natural beauty it holds.

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Decorah, Iowa
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30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

First, take time to enjoy the 27 mile trip up Mt Lemmon. On this "Sky Island" you drive from vegetation of the Sonoran Desert to the Canadian woodlands and have a the possibility to see bears at the top before reaching the observatory. Once at the observatory you will learn how to use the telescope and have an introduction to... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

First, there is the site itself on top of a 9000+ peak in the middle of desert country, and then its history, its current use, its importance to our learning about our place in the cosmos. Second is the actual hands-on experience of actually using huge telescopes. Third is watching the sunset to (finally!) catch sight of the green flash.... More

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Visiting Tucson primarily for golf and hiking. What a great decision to attend a Skynight at Mt. Lemmon. Keith, our guide, was a great communicator and he covered everything to the basics of astronomy to more advanced questions. As with most tours, the guide can make it or break it and he kept everyone interested. It takes about 5 hours,... More

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

While the Costco dinner was of this world, the rest of the evening was definitely out of our orbit! My four adult children and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, despite the light cloud cover and some minor technical difficulties. Having never been to an observatory before, we were all eager for the experience and Adam, our host for the evening,... More

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon and this was by far the highlight of our trip. From the beginning with driving up Mt Lemmon to the end when we got a final upclose view of the moon our day was nothing but out of this world experiences. Our guide Adam kept the night light and adventurous... More

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Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I only rated this 5 stars because tripadvisor wouldn't let me rate it a 10 on a scale of 1-5. Our guide, Keith, was incredible. The entire evening was spent with him quietly telling us of geology, astronomy, astrophysics and how a star is born and dies. We stared in awe at the things we saw through the telescope. We... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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54 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Loved our tour guide Eric! I got to see two super novas, one star birthing nebula, tons of constellations, the sun, an amazing sunset, Jupiter and all four moons!!! We are already plotting to come back in September. DRESS WARMLY!! You are at 9,000 feet up there and you will freeze your tootsies off if you do not dress appropriately.... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

This program is very well planned and executed! We learned so much that we could barely absorb it all. Our guide, Adam, was knowledgable and enthusiastic. His love of astronomy was transferred to the whole group

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