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Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Address: Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
Phone Number: 520 318 8726
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian...
Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, the observatory is a working research station situated high above on Kitt Peak.
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The Kitt Peak National Observatory is a great trip if science is your thing. The Observatory is a bit of a drive from Tucson, but worth the trip. We took the guided tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Kitt Peak National Observatory is a great trip if science is your thing. The Observatory is a bit of a drive from Tucson, but worth the trip. We took the guided tour during the week and had a personal docent. She explained how the different telescopes work (there are a bunch on the mountain top). She took my grandson... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My family and I visited Kitt Peak and attended the four hour Nightly Observing Progrma and experienced a fantastic evening under the stars. We learned about the observatory, the how-tos of star viewing, and actually got to peer through several different, huge telescopes. We were amazed to be viewing galaxies that were 200,000 years old. This is such a spectacular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The Nightly Observing Program is AMAZING and made me fall in love with astronomy. This program does require reservations which you can make online. Since this program is extremely weather dependent (you can't see stars if its raining), make sure you provide them with a valid phone number as they call to confirm/cancel the afternoon of your reservation. To reiterate... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We visited the observatory on a full moon night - and it really was spectacular. No matter what time of year you go, be sure to take a sweater or light jacket - and even though some people say you should not take your own car - driving down after dark is really not a problem - and paying for... More 

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We took a day trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory. It is south of Tucson and easy to drive to with good signs and some beautiful scenery. The mountain road up to the observatory is paved and has guard rails. We took all 3 tours offered: the solar telescope, the 2.1m telescope and the 4m telescope. All the tours start... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Visited Kitt Peak Observatory mid-morning, and only did 1 Tour, though they offer 3 Tours. We had missed the first one, because of our arrival time. The Docent was very knowledgeable and almost everyone had questions for him to answer, so that was interesting, as he had a lot of information to share! We had a short Lecture first, and... More 

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

You need to be aware of our recent experience at Kitt Peak. For Fathers Day, and now that my daughter is old enough to participate, we decided to spend the weekend in Tucson with the primary reason being for a Night Program at Kitt Peak. My wife made the arrangements for the three of us on Saturday the 20th. The... More 

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Havelock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

You need to be comfortable with a ride up the mountainside in your car, but the view is quite spectacular. The road winds for 12 miles up the mountain,. around and around and around, finally the pinnacle and several telescopes greet your effort. This is well worth the visit. Their are three tours to three different telescopes, We where there... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A really interesting way to see stars and get information about the solar system and our planet. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This drive is closer than Mt. Lemmon Observatory but the drive up is steep and narrow. Great views of Tucson from the top. The visitor center is very well done and has some great displays. You can have a docent-led tour or walk yourselves as the signs within the various buildings are self-explanatory. We didn't get an opportunity to see... More 

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