Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

The Kitt Peak Experience... Like no other

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Program Location

Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Available Seats: 0
Date Selected: 9/27/2019

Program Description



Learn how to capture the beauty of the heavens at the world-renowned Kitt Peak National Observatory!  The Introduction to Astrophotography workshop is meant for those who are ready to take their first steps into the world of astrophotography and image processing.  You will be introduced to solar system imaging, have a crash course in landscape astrophotos and finally, go deep with deep space astrophotography. Our hands-on program will teach you the basics of image capture through digital processing, with equipment suggestions for every budget and tips from our experienced astrophotographers. At the end of this three day workshop, everyone will leave with their own beautiful images to take home, along with the knowledge to continue their astrophotography journey.

Please note that like all professional astronomers, we are at the mercy of the weather.  Should clouds interfere, we will do as much hands-on instruction as possible, but use previously obtained data for image processing.

This program is free to members of the Tohono O’odham Nation.




September 27 - 29, 2019

May 15-17, 2020

June 26-28, 2020

September 18-20, 2020

Arrival and check-in time at Kitt Peak on the first day of each workshop is between 3-4 PM, Mountain Standard Time.  The workshop runs from Friday at 4pm to Sunday at noon.  







Cost INCLUDES Room and Board (2 nights, 6 meals, single occupancy) for the duration of the workshop.





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Use our online reservation system (at the bottom of this page)

            (Limited to just 10 people, so sign up right away!)





You may cancel at any time up to 30 days prior to the program date without any penalty. A per person cancellation fee of 50% of the remaining cost will be charged for those who cancel less than 30 days prior to the program date. If we are forced to cancel the program ourselves, you will not be charged anything.


We will provide the telescope equipment necessary for the workshop.  You are encouraged to bring your own DSLR camera/tripod, and wide angle lens as the views from our mountain are spectacular and they can be used after the program for nightscape photography and star trails.

Please bring your personal laptops with you.  The software used for this workshop runs on the Windows operating system (Mac computers can be used if running Windows Boot Camp, or with proper use of 'wineskins', though it is up to the user to obtain these).  We recommend a being familiar with and using a PC with at least 4GB RAM (more is better!) to run the image processing software.  An electronic information packet will be sent approximately 30 days before the start of the program.  It will include maps, a list of trial version software to download, a tentative schedule, and other important information.  


Due to Radio Astronomy being conducted 24/7, cell phone use and wifi is prohibited.  We do provide ethernet (LAN) internet access in dorm rooms and the classroom, so please bring an adapter if you laptop does not have a ethernet port.  We do have a land-line for brief calls as necessary.  

We are very sorry, but this program is not handicapped accessible. You must be able to climb one flight of stairs and spend at least 1/2 hour standing on your feet.


PLEASE NOTE: Kitt Peak is a remote and sometimes harsh mountain environment. Circumstances beyond our control might intervene and prevent us from running the workshop. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, severe weather (thunderstorms, severe winds, blizzard conditions) infrastructure breakdowns (failure of the power, water, or other systems) wildfires, or large rockslides on our road. We will notify you as soon as possible should one of these unfortunate situations occur. But we may have to cancel literally the day before (while some of you are already en-route) or even in the middle of the workshop. If this happens we will not charge you workshop fees or deposits, but we will not be able to reimburse you for travel or other expenses.






- DRESS WARM! Hats gloves and layered clothing required! It will is likely to be very cold at Kitt Peak (normally 20 degrees colder than Tucson!)





- Bring weapons, alcohol, or pets.

- Use cell phones, white lights, or green lasers while on the Mountain

- Smoke anywhere on Kitt Peak


For questions, please email Casey Good, the Program Coordinator at: 

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Please call 520-318-8720 or 520-318-8739 with any questions that you may have.