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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

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

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Incredible Super Moon viewing

Our first visit to this fabulous facility, and I hope not our last. Great, gorgeous drive through multiple climate zones. Make sure to stop at the overlooks for the scenery. Tour... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
long island, ny
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long island, ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to this fabulous facility, and I hope not our last. Great, gorgeous drive through multiple climate zones. Make sure to stop at the overlooks for the scenery. Tour begins at 3:00 so don't be late. Well worth the price of admission - over 5 hours, great guides, amazing views, dinner and photography, beautiful sunset and, of course,... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As an early Christmas present to my son and family, we spent a wonderful evening, led by Travis, gazing through binoculars, and the 32 inch Schulman telescope. Grandchildren ages 8, 9, and 11 enjoyed the entire program, despite the chilliness of the event. It reached the low 30's, so dressly as warmly and layered as you can. This was my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of fun and a great adventure into the past!! The drive is beautiful. We booked on a near new moon and the sky was lit up by the stars. Travis, Bill, and Barry were great hosts. Food was good and filling. 16 year old son was intrigued the whole time. Dressing warm is not a joke if you... More 

Thank Michael M
Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive passes through four climate zones and it gets very cold at night at the top. The presentation is very informative and interesting... and 99% correct. (Sorry, I have a lot of astronomy knowledge.) The telescope shown is 32" diameter, the largest public access telescope available. You will see a variety of what is up at the time: We... More 

Thank RaW431
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been to Kitt Peak and wanted another taste of star gazing, and this place didn't disappoint. Our guide, Travis, was very knowledgeable and had a very nice way of explaining complicated astronomical stuff in a non-complicated way. It was so amazing to see Mars, Uranus, M31 (The Andromeda Galaxy), M45 (The Pleiades) and lots of other objects directly through... More 

Thank CopenDane
United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a great way to spend an evening. Speechless. Great presentation and information. Enthusiastic presenter. Take plenty of layers of clothes. Even on a 90 degree day in Tucson, layers and hoodie were needed on Mt. Lemmon.

Thank LR1905
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

If you have more than just a casual interest in the heavens, you should not miss this five-hour chance to learn and view what's out there. Rob did a really good of presenting the heavens! For me, it is more than I can comprehend. I just love to see stars and planets and the Milky Way, and I'm privileged to... More 

1 Thank MoseleyPaddler
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The excellent presentation by Rob captured my attention and imagination even though I don't know much about astronomy. It made watching the sun set and looking through the telescope even more enjoyable. It was as cold as they warned so I was glad to have hat, gloves and down vest. The whole experience was a fascinating and I will look... More 

1 Thank Alana M
Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Give yourself plenty of time to drive up, so that you can stop at the numerous lookout points. Heed the organizers' warnings about the cold. The elevation and wind will combine for a nasty experience if you are unprepared. Bring a thermos, the organizers provided hot water for tea, and a pot of coffee. The catered dinner tasted great. If... More 

1 Thank JackandResh
abra susojos,new mex, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

There are New York City citizens that never bother to see the statue of liberty, that is a a loss. For a Tucsonan or a visitor thereof to fail go to the top of Mt. Lemmon that is a tragedy. You must ask yourself why you are in Tucson. And if you go to the top of Mt.Lemmon and not... More 

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