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Kitt Peak

Kitt Peak is part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) The peak has approximately 2 dozen telescopes. The site includes 19 Optical telescopes and 2 radio telescopes. The huge Mayall telescope with its 156-inch mirror is located here. The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope is also located here.

A visitor's center is located on the top of the mountain, at the end of a twisty, spectacular drive up the mountain. (6,750 ft.) Tours are available. The mountaintop closes to visitors at 3:45 pm every evening. Kitt Peak also offers popular night time viewing programs with a 16' telescope. A fee is charged for this program. Contact Kitt Peak Observatory for more information and reservations.

Here is a link to the official Kitt Peak site: http://www.noao.edu/kpno/

To see live images taken at night from Kitt Peak: http://www.concam.net/kp/

Location: Kitt Peak is located in Southern Arizona 55-57 miles southwest of Tucson in the Quinlan Mountains in Southern Arizona's Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. Highway 86-Highway 386. Follow this up the mountain to the observatory. Keep in mind that evenings can be chilly. Also, the peak is not the best location in a thunderstorm, since the Tucson area is famous for lightning.


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