We went for a night tour of Kitt Peak National Observatory, early Nov. It is called Nightly Observing Program, and a bargain at $49. They provide a sandwich+snack. But the program keeps everyone engaged throughout the night, with explanations that start with the sunset (possible green flash) and ends with a full blown observation of multiple astronomical phenomena in a very real observatory. The tour guides are experts and highly enthusiastic. After sunset is done, we get an general explanation of the sky with amazing green laser pointers, detailing constellations, our Milky Way, and many more. They then switch to binoculars and continue the tour in more detail. And they finally end the night with observations through a 30-inch telescope, where we saw planetary nebulae, globular clusters, double and triple binaries, and a number of planets (Jupiter was magnificent, with its red spot!). Presenters were excellent, enthusiastic and will answer any question. The visitor center is comfortable and with a nice store with anything from light knickknacks to serious astronomy books. I will definitely come again.
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