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Address: 2720 S. Kinney Rd., Cat Mountain Lodge, Tucson, AZ 85735-1502
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Spencer's Observatory is Tucson's new, privately-owned observatory offering...

Spencer's Observatory is Tucson's new, privately-owned observatory offering personalized Star Tours of the Tucson sky under a custom-built retractable roof with patio. Situated near the southwestern entrance to the Tucson Mountain Park-West at Cat Mountain Lodge, a bed & breakfast in the desert with eco-friendly accommodations in a vintage ranch setting. The observatory is home to a Celestron 14" SCT telescope on a GoTo Mount, a 10" Meade LX200 SCG telescope, as well as a Piggy Back 4" Stellar View Refractor. Astrophotography and small Star Parties also available with nearby Coyote Pause Cafe and Cat Mountain Station artisan shopping center.

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We had quite an education about the night sky. They used a large 14 inch Celestron telescope. Rob gave us an interesting introduction into viewing the stars. Sort of our first... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had quite an education about the night sky. They used a large 14 inch Celestron telescope. Rob gave us an interesting introduction into viewing the stars. Sort of our first rodeo and he was extremely patient. A must do if your nearby, set up appointment with the people at Cat Mountain Lodge.

Thank debra s
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Reviewed November 22, 2016

my wife, son, and I reserved 2 hours on a Friday night when visiting Tucson. We were able to see many great objects in that short time including Venus, Mars, some binary stars, nebulas, star clusters and even a few galaxies. We were also lucky enough to see a large meteor! Robby was a great guide and extremely informative/knowledgable. I... More 

2 Thank Nicholas S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed March 22, 2016

Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide - Thanks, Alison! Had a great time. Got amazing pictures. Spent two hours looking a number of awe inspiring sights in the sky. Kids loved it!

1 Thank Heidi L
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Reviewed November 26, 2015

i recommend the 2 hour tour. very informative and friendly astronomer. answered all our questions. nice facility easily accessible from Tucson. keep in mind these are nice telescopes but you will not get the real depth you might hope for. also we went on a full moon; you should avoid this if at all possible. i think this really impacted... More 

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Blackstone, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 8, 2015

While visiting my daughter in Tucson she booked a 2 hour viewing at the resort as a surprise to me. What a wonderful time we had. Our guide Alison was excellent. She programmed the 14" telescope to many different objects in the sky. We started by viewing a few planets, seeing Saturn rings was cool. Viewed star clusters, galaxies, binary... More 

1 Thank Michael C
Pearland, Texas
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Reviewed July 7, 2015

We booked a private two-hour star gazing and it was INCREDIBLE!!! Each of us (ages 7-69) were mesmerized. Our guide, Alison, was AWESOME!!! You could tell that she loves what she does and she did a superb job conveying her enthusiasm to each us. My kiddos soaked it up like sponges and still talk about the experience a couple of... More 

1 Thank KeTeKaHa
Spring Hill, Florida
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Reviewed June 29, 2015

Having never before looked through a 14" telescope, I was astounded to see craters on the moon so distinctly. For the first time I could see the difference between blue and yellow stars. All five persons in our group had opportunity to see planets, stars, star clusters, nebula and galaxies. We even had a surprise meteor display. The planet Saturn... More 

2 Thank RaddishM
Newark, Ohio
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Reviewed June 28, 2015

I took my siblings to see the stars at Spencer's Observatory recently. Although the sky wasn't as dark and clear as a good winter night, we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Robby took us on a tour of the moon and planets visible that evening (my wife's favorite), as well as star clusters, galaxies and nebula that could be seen... More 

1 Thank MVanDeusen
Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

Went here with another couple while enjoying the hospitality of CatMountain Lodge. Clouds were intermittent but Robbie made the best of it showing and describing the different planets, stars and constellations available. Got some great shots of the moon on his 10" Meade telescope. Well worth the time and money, couldn't have asked for a more informative guide.

1 Thank Donald J
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 24, 2015

My parents, myself and my 6 year old son booked a private 2 hour tour on a Friday night while vacationing in Tucson. Allison was our guide to the planets/starts for the evening and she was wonderful. She was very informative and very friendly. My 6 year old had many questions (often the same ones) and she was very good... More 

1 Thank DaneBlake

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