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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Highway 86 to 386 for 12 miles, Sells, AZ 85634
520 318 8726
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Sells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, National Parks, Reservations
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, the observatory is a working research station situated high above on... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The nightly observation tour is worth the time, money, and white knuckle feeling driving up to the top of the hill. Learned how to use those constellation maps, how to (properly) use binoculars, what to look for in a sunset, and more. I only wish I had come at least an hour before the nightly observation program.

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We drove 3.5 hrs from Phoenix one Saturday afternoon to Kitt Peak for the Nightly Observation program and was absolutely mesmerized by the visit. The observatory is open during the day as well; but the night observation program - which we booked for - is completely unique. You start off with a fantastic view of a glorious sunset, then get... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Fascinating discovery and looking at the night sky - what you can see with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Book ahead to get the night observation.

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A Beautiful, Educational and Cool Day at Kitt Peak Observatory. I was totally shocked to found out there are more than one observatory there. Because from the distance, you only can see the 4 meter observatory tower. ok, the Kitt Peak is the world's largest collection of optical telescopes - home to 24 optical and two radio telescopes representing eight... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you have any interest in astronomy, this facility is an absolute must! In fact, like the title of my post, it is one of those attractions that is truly worth going out of your way to visit. While the views and information are great throughout the day, the evening viewing experience is a must. In addition to great discussions... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Friends had been recommending that we visit Kitt Peak for years, and we finally visited last month. We chose to go during the day rather than for the evening show. The drive alone up the mountain to the observatory was breathtaking. We discovered that there is more than one observatory, although most are not open to the public. Three different... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We took a night tour of the observatory. Actually, there are about 25 different telescopes here. I don't know what you see on the day tour, but the night tour was fantastic. You must make reservations ahead of time. We went during the new moon and the darker skies are great for stargazing. They will telephone by 2 PM the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went to the special dark night program they give on new moon nights. It is all telescope viewing then, and totally worth the extra cost. I have never seen so many stars! The telescopes are easy to see through, and we saw galaxies, binary stars, clusters, nebulas and much more. The dinner was simple but good. My kids (11... More

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Cumberland, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This place is awesome. We went for the night tour. We left Tucson at 3:30 and arrived by 5:00 pm. We sat outside until 6 PM when the tour started. I wish I had gone inside earlier to walk through the gift store. There are wonderful things there, but I didn't have another opportunity to spend time there. The tour... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Took family for their evening observing program. Despite the COLD and very gusty winds, it was awesome! Bring gloves, scarves, hats and layers cause the telescopes aren't heated. Guides are working astronomers and made learning about the sky fun. Spent at least an hour looking through telescope to see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and an almost full moon. Then, had a... More

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