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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

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Address: The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
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+1 520-626-8122

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Worth every penny

5-hour program includes supper. At altitude of 9157 feet, a clear sky, and using their 24" and 32" telescopes, we were able to see distant stars, galaxies, moon, star clusters... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cheryl L
Nampa, Idaho
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting tour of the facility included several opportunities to view celestial bodies through their 32" telescope. When the sun sets, the 9,000' altitude gets pretty chilly.

Thank Larrito41
Nampa, Idaho
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

5-hour program includes supper. At altitude of 9157 feet, a clear sky, and using their 24" and 32" telescopes, we were able to see distant stars, galaxies, moon, star clusters, and more. Also saw the unusual green sunset. Highly recommend to anyone with an interest in astronomy.

1 Thank Cheryl L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I really enjoyed the SkyNights program at Mt Lemmon Observatory. We lucked out and had a very clear night. It was easy to see the stars through the telescopes (24” and 32”) and provided binoculars. Our guides (Bill and perhaps Ben?) were knowledgeable and Bill was especially entertaining. We saw Jupiter and all four moons, Sirius, Mars,... More 

1 Thank NHMom67
The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our SkyNight program at Mt Lemmon Observatory. Our group included people ranging in age from about 10 to 70 and each of us learned a great deal during our visit. Fortunately, the night was crystal clear, so viewing the stars through the telescopes, binoculars, or the naked eye was easy. Our guides, Alessandro and... More 

Thank Julie32159
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Alan and Travis were so knowledgeable and fun! They answered questions thoroughly and put explanations in lay men's terms so that everyone in our party could either get their geek on or just look in wonder and awe. Excellent website and exchange of information via email after reservation. Take all their suggestions to heart especially about dressing warmly. The ability... More 

Thank angelahuberty
Ringwood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Our presenter, Travis, was incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic! He took the time to answer any and all questions we had. Although we didn't get a chance to see any planets or moons during the night because of the time of year we visited, seeing nebulas, star clusters and stars was exciting enough! I would come back here in a heartbeat... More 

Thank danielleshphrd
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

You don't often get opportunities like this, so if you are ever in the area do it! Loved every minute, from meeting at the gate to the final close ups of the moon. Travis is a great teacher, so enthusiastic and patient with those of us who need a bit of extra help. The group dynamic makes it a fun... More 

Thank Caroline M
Pineville, Missouri
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

I'm no scientist, but I do watch the Discovery Channel. For the layman this is a great chance to not only view some remarkable things through a telescope, but to also learn a lot about our galaxy and beyond. Don't every underestimate their insistence on dressing warm. Take everything you can wear and then buy some more. It is cold.... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

First off, the crew was very kind and full of info. The telescope was amazing as well as the history surrounding the site. Something we would definately do again.

Thank James K
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Twenty of us enjoyed a short trip around the multi-telescope facility, a light dinner with a video and talk demonstrating the immensity of our universe and a couple of hours taking turns looking at stellar and interstellar objects though a respectable size (32 inch) reflecting telescope. Our host and his assistant were pleasant and professional but not fully trained as... More 

Thank Ron K

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