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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The roughly hour long drive from Tucson is beautiful, through rocky hills covered in branching cacti, until the more temperate climate hosts conifers & aspen instead. The SkyCenter guide lead the car convoy of around 7 vehicles up the hill to the observatory bus, then to view the various buildings & the Schulman telescope which later (in the cold &... More

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Tucson, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

The Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is at an altitude of 9,157 feet. At this elevation, the weather is usually COLD, so follow their instructions to be comfortable& safe. Their telescope INCREDIBLE, and I mean it, INCREDIBLE! No wherein earth can civilians observe such far reaching galaxies and learning that is retained by the average person! Open to the night air their... More

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A wonderful experience not to be missed! First is the spectacular drive up Mt Lemmon. We only allocated 75min for the drive, thinking that would give us time to stop and check out the views, but it wasn't enough time..an additional hour would have been better. Next we were greeted by Adam, the scientist who created the program and got... More

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Los Angeles
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had an incredible time at the sky center on Mt Lemmon. Eric was our fun and very knowledgeable guide. We learned basics-such as use of star charts and got to look through the huge telescope. We saw Saturn, distant ,galaxies, binary stars, and lots more. It was a mind-blowing experience. There were a few kids-they liked it, but they... More

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352 reviews 352 reviews
158 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Never thought I would be looking through a giant telescope at Mars, Saturn, stars, galaxies, and more. Note: the experience is $60 a person and well worth it. You make your way up the Mt. Lemmon highway at 3:30pm and make your way down around 10:30pm. Your scientist presenter and guide fills your evening with many experiences from viewing the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Our tour guide, Eric, LOVES sharing his telescope with people. We were on a wait list and so our tour group was about 15 people. Eric showed us many wonderful objects with the telescope, and the green flash of the sun (which I didn't even know existed). My son is 13 years and enjoyed it. There were some 8 and... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I went to Tucson with the specific goal of visiting as many of the amazing observatories as possible, and I was lucky enough to cap off my visit at the SkyCenter. If you want to see huge telescopes make sure to visit some of the other world class observatories in the area, but if you want to see the wonders... More

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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was one of the best experiences we had for a very long time. If you are interested in our universe and want a closer look at stars, planets and more, you should go there. This tour is entertaining, informative, exciting, etc. We also had the luck that the tour was given by Adam Block, who is not only very... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We went to the Mt Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory. Wow, what a great evening. The instructors, Keith and Paul taught us so much about planets, nebula and dying stars. We watched some videos, had hands on, looked in the telescope that they set up to view at least half a dozen things. We went outside to,watch the stars through the binoculars... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My mother was visiting Tucson from out of town, and we spent a weekday evening at the SkyCenter. It was informative, fun and mind blowing. There was a nice mix of telescope viewing, binocular use (they provide), classroom style info and field instruction. We saw green flashes at sunset, constellations after nightfall, and star clusters, galaxies, nebulas and stars thru... More

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