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The SkyCenter observatory offers small groups (up to 20) individuals the opportunity enjoy personal viewing - through the eyepiece of the Schulman 32 inch telescope - of celestial bodies way beyond our solar system.
The evening starts with the group convening at the gates to...More
Kudos to Vanessa, Tracie and Travis for being excellent hosts, a well prepared buffet dinner (yes, not just a sandwich box), and your friendly, helpful guidance, interpretations and learned answers. We have been to Kitt Peak and Mauna Kea, and by far the 32” and...More
My wife and I were entertaining a group of old friends here in Tucson. Just the drive up Mt. Lemmon is beautiful, but when I found out about the SkyCenter it seemed like a great outing for the 13 of us. I was able to...More
This was a terrific to do! From the scenic ride up the mountain in the daytime to the a wee bit scary ride down in the dark but oh my the beautiful sites to behold each way made this a wonderful adventure. The actual tour/program...More
We loved this experience! We learned so much. We viewed stars, star clusters, constellations, satellites, Venus, Jupiter, nebula, galaxies, etc. We also watched the sunset from 9100 feet. Just seeing all the stars without city lights was worth the trip. Dress Warm! It was cold...More
This is a great experience, but thought we would see more in regards to colors of constellation and things that appear on the website. Saw many that were so many light years ago, but appeared as clusters....not visible to human eye or smaller telescope. Best...More
The potential for a great experience is huge. Years ago this program was a fabulous success (taught and guided by its creator Adam Block). As engaging and knowledgeable as our current teacher was (Travis), the program just isn't as refined as it once was. And...More
Had a great time viewing stars, star clusters and constellations with our guide. The provided dinner which consisted of sandwiches, fruit, chips, salad and drinks. Food was good.
I will say to dress warm!! We had hats, scarfs & gloves (and cuddle duds) but it...More
We decided to get tickets to go up Mt Lemmon to the observatory. They recommended wearing winter clothing as it does get cold. The program and the viewing with the telescope were great. There is even a light meal included. The guides were very knowledgeable....More
First I want to say that the people were very nice and they fully refunded us. However, we were sadly disappointed in everything. My son is having a space themed birthday
this month and I got us all tickets as a birthday present. I've always...More
Date of experience: March 2018
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Alan S, Manager at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018
We are sorry that the weather was prohibitive on the evening to which you changed your reservation, and recognize your frustration at not being able to stargaze with us during your vacation. We appreciate your suggestion to clarify the language regarding cloudy nights and are...More
You will prepay with a credit card. They asked for 1/2 at time of booking and the other half 1 week before your visit. The young woman (Vanessa) who I spoke with was super helpful and very patient with all my questions.
The Catalina Highway is winding and long, but it is well-maintained and marked. It is a little challenging, but I wouldn't call it dangerous at all. The biggest problem comes from other drivers who are impatient and want to... More
The Catalina Highway is winding and long, but it is well-maintained and marked. It is a little challenging, but I wouldn't call it dangerous at all. The biggest problem comes from other drivers who are impatient and want to drive faster than they really should. If someone gets on your bumper, just turn into a pullout and let them fly off ahead. You'll have a blast at the SkyCenter program. Enjoy!