Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona

Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco 55 miles west of Tucson, Arizona to the Kitt Peak Observatory. We climbed a 12 mile 8% grade road to get to the top at 6,800 feet. The site is set on 200 acres atop the mountain and has 25 telescopes, most of which are run by numerous universities from across the United States. We lucked out and caught a beautiful sunny and warm day despite the elevation.

Here’s The official museum website link…

and here’s a Wikipedia informational link…

Here are a couple of Google Earth images. First a general site view…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

And then a closer view…

Under terrible photography conditions…harsh sunlight on a bright white light-colored structures and dimly lit interiors…we nonetheless ventured forth. Here are some of the photos that I took…

To see the other 40 photos that I took, click this link…

During our six-hour visit we took two different guided tours. The first was a 1.5 hour tour of a solar telescope that studies only the sun. The second was a 1.5 hour tour of the 4 meter telescope…the largest telescope on the site. On both tours we had the same docent. Jerry, a retired electrical engineer, was both very knowledgeable and very humorous. He kept us laughing while describing these very complex technologies. Another enjoyable day of full-time RVing.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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2 thoughts on “Kitt Peak Observatory, Arizona

  1. Beautiful pictures.

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Thank you for your comment. It’s fun making nice pictures. With a little education and practice, most folks can do it.

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