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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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Very interesting for the science inclined, or those who wish to see the stars.

visited on a very clear Thursday night the end of May with wind gusts approximately 30-40 mph! Hold onto your hats and be sure to dress in layers and bring a winter coat, hat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We signed up for the Visitors Special Reservation which was supposed to take us through a very thorough tour of the Observatory. This was the second time we signed up for this tour. The hotel was booked in anticipation of this visit (twice). At the last minute we received a call that our tour was cancelled. Naturally, they didn't charge... More 

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LONG ISLAND, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

visited on a very clear Thursday night the end of May with wind gusts approximately 30-40 mph! Hold onto your hats and be sure to dress in layers and bring a winter coat, hat, even gloves if you're visiting when the winds are a-blow in'. Yikes! Even large burly men were complaining. The top of the mountain while watching the... More 

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Pendleton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We went for the Introduction to Astrophotography course and couldn't be happier with the experience! Ours was a two night class, so we stayed at the facility which is definitely dorm room, dorm eating, but just wonderful. Rarely would you ever get the opportunity to use such fantastic equipment and terrific hands-on experience for astro imaging. I would also recommend... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This place is just awesome. There is a lot of walking up and down small hills, but if you can do it, the rewards are worth it. Great for a family outing and the kids will learn so much about our solar system. A "must see" while in Tucson!!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We visited the observatory with our 10 year old grandson and took part in the Night Observing Program. We arrived a little earlier than the required time and did not immediately realize that the visitor center was open so we sat and waited until we saw others going in. The NOP is definitely worth the trip up the mountain. The... More 

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Clinton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Really, really enjoyed the NOP tour. With that cold wind blowing strongly, dress warm means wear gloves, a stocking cap or ear band, extra layers, hiking boots with wool socks, and a good winter coat. You arrive at 5:00pm and get a boxed lunch--included in the admission price. Then watch the spurt of green just as the sun disappears into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We went on the NOP to see the stars as we live in London - not many stars there to see. Our three excellent guides, Jeronimo, David and Blythe, were enthusiastic and were full of facts. We started off looking through one of the two telescopes set up for visitors to see through, accompanied by a description of what we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Access is not bad here but it is hilly and at high altitude so you might struggle without a helpful pusher most of the telescopes have steps but it is worth a trip and there is a film to watch. You can ask for a special pass to take your car to each telescope to view from the outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

They warn you it is going to be cold...believe them. The program has several parts - an inside orientation to star charts etc and exteior component looking at the night sky with binolulars and some time observing enties through a telescope. All of it is interesting but the second two are outside at 7000 feet - temp in the 40s... More 

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Newark, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We arrived early so we could go on all three offered tours of the telescopes on Kitt Peak. The docents were interesting and informative. We were able to view the sun through telescopes set up for visitors. The views from the top of Kitt Peak and on the drive up were beautiful. Next time we come to Arizona, we will... More 

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