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“A "solar" telescope to learn about the moon???”

Kitt Peak National Observatory
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Sells
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed April 28, 2012

What an amazing day we had! There are three tours available, and we went on all of them. A very knowledgeable tour guide took us to the Solar Telescope, and we were able to see it in action - observing the sun spots, and learning how it works. We were told that you can also observe the moon and stars with this telescope. The other absolutely fabulous telescope is the 4 m Mayall. The whole building can move, as needed.
Very informative visitor center with hands-on displays and videos.
We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed it on the lovely grounds.
Enjoyable walking tour up there!
The drive up the mountain is fabulous - wonderful views.
We were told to enjoy a meal at the Raindance Cafe in Sells, but they close early, - next time!

1  Thank simivalley1699
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Stunning drive up the mountain. Do the tours during the day, picnic in the park, and then make reservations ahead for night observing. Wonderful experience.

2  Thank Elise M
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Three old foggies and our granddaughter. We had an amazing time. They do an excellent job of engaging you in the world of astronomy. We didn't understand much of the physics of the experience but it really didn't matter. Seeing the rings of Saturn so clearly through the 16" telescope was definitely the highlight of the night. Furthest object we saw, a "globule" was 12 million light years from earth. The moon is 1.5 light seconds from earth. Go figure!d Loved it and highly recommend. It is a late night, and do dress warm as it gets pretty chilly at that elevation.

2  Thank JimBobFamily
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Knowledgable and entertaining astronomers made for an amazing desert experience.

2  Thank KathleenH40
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

If telescopes are exciting to you, I wouldn't miss Kitts Peak. For the rest of us, it was an alright experience. Make sure to take food as there isn't any within 25-30 miles from the Peak. My teenagers, were well like teenagers, wishing they were back at the pool.

1  Thank bluemanspike
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