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Kitt Peak National Observatory is located 90 minutes
west of Tucson Arizona on the Tohono O'odham Indian
Reservation. The observatory is home to one of the largest
collections of optical telescopes. It houses twenty-two
optical and two radio telescopes representing dozens
of astronomical research institutions.
The Kitt Peak Visitor Center is open to the public
daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., except Thanksgiving,
Christmas, and New Year’s day. Guided tours are
offered daily at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
and group tours are available by appointment. Tours
are approximately one hour long.
To see Kitt Peak in action, come visit the observatory
at night. The Nightly Observing Program is an introduction
to planispheres, constellations, binocular viewing,
and a state-of-the-art 16 inch telescope.
The Advanced Observing Program offers the amateur astronomer
a chance to observe using a large telescope with state-of-the-art
instruments. No experience is required. Reservations
for these two programs need to be made in advance.