Kitt Peak Observatory


Kitt Peak National Observatory is in the Quinlan Mountains 56 miles southwest of Tucson.  The peak is at 6,875-feet and is located on the Tohono O’odham Reservation.  Twenty-two optical and two radio telescopes, the world’s largest collection, are located here.  Three tours are given most days.  The 10 am tour, which we took, visits the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Facility which contains the world’s three largest solar telescopes (1.6-meter main and two .9-meter auxiliaries).


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