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Excellent presentation and tour

We found this to be a very interesting presentation and tour. We started in conference room setting... read more

Reviewed February 28, 2018
Judy J
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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Just added this excellent tour to our visitor list of things to do in Tucson

We took visitors to this tour as we've always wanted to see it, and they were the excuse. It's at... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2018
Bill G
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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

We found this to be a very interesting presentation and tour. We started in conference room setting for a slide presentation about the history of telescope lenses and the changes that result in the current process used to build a lens. From there we moved...More

Thank Judy J
Reviewed January 7, 2018

We took visitors to this tour as we've always wanted to see it, and they were the excuse. It's at the U of A campus next to the football stadium, which is always fun to visit. Tickets must be purchased in advance and be on...More

Thank Bill G
Reviewed January 1, 2018

Our group of four (mom, 3 science-oriented college students) enjoyed this tour of the mirror lab "under" the Wildcats football stadium It would have been nice to be allowed on the ground floors to get up close and personal with the giant mirrors being crafted,...More

Thank mangas
Reviewed July 18, 2017

I took a tour of the lab five or six years ago and had a memorable experience. What a disappointment this time. Our tour guide, a retired engineer, wasn't all that good. He showed little enthusiasm for the subject. His presentation was dismal: all he...More

Thank Valaya G
Reviewed April 7, 2017

If you've ever had any interest in how giant telescopes are made or how they're used, you will enjoy this tour. Starting with a presentation given by a retired scientist with a great deal of knowledge about this process, you'll learn about how the mirrors...More

Thank CMN14
Reviewed March 29, 2017

Boring and over priced. Tour guide not well informed. First 45 minutes was a 6th grade level history lecture. ..seriously, we were told who Aristotle and galileo were! Only reason I gave it two stars us the 20 minutes of the actual lab was interesting....More

Thank retireesontheroad
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Even if you aren't interested in observatories and satellites, this place will open your eyes into how much work goes into the world's most sensitive eyes. The U of A is one of the top universities for space observation and discovery; this lab shows you...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2017

A fascinating look into the world of large telescopes. This tour gives you insight into the world renowned Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, which is situated on campus at the University of Arizona. The tour guide discussed the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, as well as...More

1  Thank reekas
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Yes, if you're a bit nerdy, and I am, it's interesting, however nothing was actually happening (no mirror being polished) and though the tour guides certainly knew their material, it felt like you'd get as much watching a film on it. Parking is unnecessarily complex...More

Thank Doctor1816
Reviewed February 9, 2017

The tour guides are quite knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about telescope mirrors. I was curious about what was happening there and glad I made arrangements to visit. I was in town for the gem show and figured since I was here why not go. You...More

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Response from mranderson1948 | Reviewed this property |
If she is very curious about science and space she might find this very interesting. Note, however, that the first part of the tour is actually a classroom presentation where the docent shows pictures and describes the work... More