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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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272 reviews 272 reviews
123 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My daughter and I spent a Thursday evening (June 2014) at the SkyCenter on Mount Lemmon. We had an excellent time learning about the observatory and its history, looking at the sun through a telescope, viewing many stars and constellations via binoculars and then looking at nebula, stars, planets and star clusters through their 32 inch telescope. We also got... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

What a find. You spend a quick five hours with astronomer Adam Block. Checking out the sun, the earth's shadow, learned how to use binoculars, how to "see" using our eye's cones and rods. Understandable and patiently explanations of the size of the universe and so much more. Not only did Adam drive us in the UA bus, teach us... More

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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148 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A unique opportunity to learn a bit about the universe and to get your hands (and eyes) on a valuable $500,000 reflecting telescope to see some beautiful images of some stellar objects. ideal for novices and the more tec savvy alike.... Extremely well organised and run by a non-professional astronomer who is a great amateur and knows a great deal... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is such a well organized place. It is educational, you can get dinner, you get direct access to telescopes, and it is very family friendly (kids should be probably grade 5 and up unless they love astronomy). I have been to three programs here - two with my kids school and one just as our family. We have never... More

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