We have seen a lot while travelling across the U.S. but the Sky Center stargazing night was the most unique and memorable trip we ever took. It's not cheap but well worth every single penny. In fact I think it's actually a bargain considering what you get for your money.
We have been there on 12/12/12 which was not an ordinary stargazing night, there was meteorite showers at almost peak activity coincinding with new moon what made for a perfect dark night sky. The drive up the Catalina Highway is very scenic with a lot of awesome vista points. Make sure to plan some extra time for the drive up so you don't need to rush. On your way back the views of Tucson with all the twinkling lights are the final cherry on top.
After arrival we had a short introductory tour to the telescope and then received a lot of information in the Learning Center. Adam Block, one of the world's most renown astro photographers has a unique and entertaining way to explain the most complicated things, The dinner buffet was very good, I didn't expect anything like it. After sunset we headed for the telescope where Adam pointed out galaxies, planets with moons, tandem stars, several constellations, nebulae and more. When not looking through the telscope we could use the provided binoculars to scan the sky on our own. After an occasional metereorite here and there the "show" started after 9 pm. Literally hundreds of meteorites in a few hours. The 'ahs' and 'ohs' and 'wows' wouldn't stop. It wasn't before midnight when we wrapped it up. Most of the other people left earlier because they weren't properly prepared for the low temperatures. Bring layered warm clothes, you can change in the Learning center before heading out. We had three layers, warm boots, toques and a woolen blanket each. Keeping your feet and head warm is crucial.
We can recommend to go to the Skycenter in all respects and we will go again when visiting Tucson the next time.
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