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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
+1 520-626-8122
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Lots of telescope time, program felt slightly disorganized

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The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
+1 520-626-8122
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got lucky with a great night for stargazing and a smaller group which allowed for a lot of telescope time. The astronomer, Travis, was GREAT. His sense of humor, nerdy anecdotes and overall knowledge made the experience a good one. He also helped a...More

Thank chipnchair
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't express how much I enjoyed this program, and I can't express enough how much more I would've enjoyed it had a heeded their warnings about temperature. Despite wearing three layers of clothing, the wind chill was in the mid 30s as you waited...More

Thank gmm421
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended this sky nights tour with friends. This 5 hour program includes supper. At an altitude of 9157 feet, a clear sky, using their 24" and 32" telescopes, we were able to see distant stars, galaxies, moon, star clusters, and more. Very educational, informative...More

Thank Angelstarrr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 8 May 2017 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...More

1  Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 3 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank NHMom67
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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...More

Thank Julie32159
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...More

Thank angelahuberty
Reviewed 20 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,...More

Thank danielleshphrd
Reviewed 18 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...More

Thank Caroline M
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Cost and reservation
14 March 2017|
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Response from Alan S | Property representative |
As Michael indicated above- we almost always sell out this time of year, about 2 weeks in advance. Information on our website skycenter.arizona.edu and you can see the calendar to purchase tickets that indicates how many... More
Price of admission
18 June 2016|
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Response from Juli T | Reviewed this property |
When I went the last Sunday of May, 2016, the price was $75.00 a person, which included a light meal. When I first heard about the price, I was a bit hesitant, but honestly, it's a great value. The evening is action... More
Can you recommend a reasonably priced motel to spend the night after a visit to the Observatory?
30 March 2015|
Response from ngc1535 | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Perhaps some recent visitors can chime in on their experiences concerning particular establishments at which they stayed. I would suggest that in your search for a good place to stay, be... More