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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory

The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
+1 520-626-8122
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Star viewing fail

First I want to say that the people were very nice and they fully refunded us. However, we were... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
nbaskin
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Dallas, Texas
Absolutely fascinating

We loved our tour. Our guide (Travis) was a great and knowledgeable. A rudimentary understanding... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
Andy W
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Tucson, Arizona
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The University of Arizona, Mount Lemmon, AZ
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+1 520-626-8122
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

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

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Alan S, Manager at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We loved our tour. Our guide (Travis) was a great and knowledgeable. A rudimentary understanding of the cosmos, stars and galaxies helps, but is not necessary to enjoy the experience. I will recommend this for future visitors.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

I was never an astronomy fan but my husband is so I went as a tag a long....wow, I am so glad I did! The emails we received prior to the event were absolutely critical - we dressed for the very cold temps and arrived...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

My husband and I jumped on this tour on the recommendation of a friend - not really knowing much about it - and it was fantastic! Withing the first hour or so we had been able to view two stars during the daytime since the...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Most of the members of our group (family with young adult children) really enjoyed the experience. It's educational and different. A couple warnings, the program is 5 hours long and would not be suitable for small children or easily bored children. Also it does get...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This program is very organized, with notifications on the day of and directions from beginning to end. Travis, our guide is passionate, informative and humourous. The dinner was croissant sandwiches, chips, green salad, cookies. Adequate for the event. As other reviewers have stressed, it is...More

1  Thank happymamma
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The experience at the UAZ observatories at the peak of Mt Lemmon (yes, two m's; Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon thank you) was perhaps the #1 experience of our week in Tucson. Looking through several telescopes in various observatories managed by the U of Arizona Astronomy...More

3  Thank Gerald F
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

We got lucky with a great night for stargazing and a smaller group which allowed for a lot of telescope time. The astronomer, Travis, was GREAT. His sense of humor, nerdy anecdotes and overall knowledge made the experience a good one. He also helped a...More

1  Thank chipnchair
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

I can't express how much I enjoyed this program, and I can't express enough how much more I would've enjoyed it had a heeded their warnings about temperature. Despite wearing three layers of clothing, the wind chill was in the mid 30s as you waited...More

4  Thank gmm421
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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

We attended this sky nights tour with friends. This 5 hour program includes supper. At an altitude of 9157 feet, a clear sky, using their 24" and 32" telescopes, we were able to see distant stars, galaxies, moon, star clusters, and more. Very educational, informative...More

2  Thank Angelstarrr
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RickandJudyH
9 January 2018|
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Response from Alan S | Property representative |
Thanks for the question... Yes! If we cancel for weather reasons we fully refund your ticket.
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rmclean4
13 March 2017|
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Response from Alan S | Property representative |
As Michael indicated above- we almost always sell out this time of year, about 2 weeks in advance. Information on our website skycenter.arizona.edu and you can see the calendar to purchase tickets that indicates how many... More
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southwestsue
18 June 2016|
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Response from Juli T | Reviewed this property |
When I went the last Sunday of May, 2016, the price was $75.00 a person, which included a light meal. When I first heard about the price, I was a bit hesitant, but honestly, it's a great value. The evening is action... More
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