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Address: 2720 S. Kinney Rd., Cat Mountain Lodge, Tucson, AZ
Phone Number: +1 520-578-6085

Spencer's Observatory is Tucson's new, privately-owned observatory offering...

Spencer's Observatory is Tucson's new, privately-owned observatory offering personalized Star Tours of the Tucson sky under a custom-built retractable roof with patio. Situated near the southwestern entrance to the Tucson Mountain Park-West at Cat Mountain Lodge, a bed & breakfast in the desert with eco-friendly accommodations in a vintage ranch setting. The observatory is home to a Celestron 14" SCT telescope on a GoTo Mount, a 10" Meade LX200 SCG telescope, as well as a Piggy Back 4" Stellar View Refractor. Astrophotography and small Star Parties also available with nearby Coyote Pause Cafe and Cat Mountain Station artisan shopping center.

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my wife, son, and I reserved 2 hours on a Friday night when visiting Tucson. We were able to see many great objects in that short time including Venus, Mars, some binary stars... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

my wife, son, and I reserved 2 hours on a Friday night when visiting Tucson. We were able to see many great objects in that short time including Venus, Mars, some binary stars, nebulas, star clusters and even a few galaxies. We were also lucky enough to see a large meteor! Robby was a great guide and extremely informative/knowledgable. I... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide - Thanks, Alison! Had a great time. Got amazing pictures. Spent two hours looking a number of awe inspiring sights in the sky. Kids loved it!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

i recommend the 2 hour tour. very informative and friendly astronomer. answered all our questions. nice facility easily accessible from Tucson. keep in mind these are nice telescopes but you will not get the real depth you might hope for. also we went on a full moon; you should avoid this if at all possible. i think this really impacted... More 

Thank A_NIELSEN_987
Blackstone, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

While visiting my daughter in Tucson she booked a 2 hour viewing at the resort as a surprise to me. What a wonderful time we had. Our guide Alison was excellent. She programmed the 14" telescope to many different objects in the sky. We started by viewing a few planets, seeing Saturn rings was cool. Viewed star clusters, galaxies, binary... More 

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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We booked a private two-hour star gazing and it was INCREDIBLE!!! Each of us (ages 7-69) were mesmerized. Our guide, Alison, was AWESOME!!! You could tell that she loves what she does and she did a superb job conveying her enthusiasm to each us. My kiddos soaked it up like sponges and still talk about the experience a couple of... More 

1 Thank KeTeKaHa
Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

Having never before looked through a 14" telescope, I was astounded to see craters on the moon so distinctly. For the first time I could see the difference between blue and yellow stars. All five persons in our group had opportunity to see planets, stars, star clusters, nebula and galaxies. We even had a surprise meteor display. The planet Saturn... More 

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Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

I took my siblings to see the stars at Spencer's Observatory recently. Although the sky wasn't as dark and clear as a good winter night, we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Robby took us on a tour of the moon and planets visible that evening (my wife's favorite), as well as star clusters, galaxies and nebula that could be seen... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015 via mobile

Went here with another couple while enjoying the hospitality of CatMountain Lodge. Clouds were intermittent but Robbie made the best of it showing and describing the different planets, stars and constellations available. Got some great shots of the moon on his 10" Meade telescope. Well worth the time and money, couldn't have asked for a more informative guide.

Thank Donald J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

My parents, myself and my 6 year old son booked a private 2 hour tour on a Friday night while vacationing in Tucson. Allison was our guide to the planets/starts for the evening and she was wonderful. She was very informative and very friendly. My 6 year old had many questions (often the same ones) and she was very good... More 

1 Thank DaneBlake
Tempe, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

We'd tried to get into the Cat Mountain Lodge, but they were booked. I'm an amateur astronomer, so wanted to look through their telescopes at Spencer's Observatory which are colocated w/ the Cat Mountain Lodge. We arrived despite the overcast and their PhD astronomer tour guide, Allison, spent lots of time with us answering questions and trying to catch glimpses... More 

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