Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center and Museum

The Kitt Peak Experience... Like no other

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Program Location

Kitt Peak Visitor Center

Program Description

Learn how to capture the beauty of the Milky Way against the back drop of the Kitt Peak National Observatory!  This special program is meant for photographers who would like to capture the summer skies from our great dark skies with the historic observatories in the foreground.  The 5 hour program will start before sunset, where a group orientation and light supper will kick start the evening followed by our famed sunsets.  You will join in with Any Nightly Observing Program participants for this first portion of the evening.  However, following sunset, you and other photography participants will break apart from the crowd and discuss the logistics of the evening.  

After the brief orientation, your guide will lead you around the observatory grounds to capture breathtaking images of the summer skies with many of our 20 observatories captured in each image.  Please note, as we area functioning scientific observatory, we must follow strict light pollution controls, so there will be no light painting on observatory grounds.  

The program is held on select nights at the Visit Center on Kitt Peak. The weather is approximately 10-20 degrees cooler than in Tucson, so dress accordingly.  This program is not wheelchair accessible.  

COST: $300 per person.  No discounts are available.  Please bring your own camera equipment - DSLR, tripod, and your fastest/widest camera lenses, the observatory will not be providing equipment for use.  Advanced reservations are required and can be made below.  

At 2PM, there will be a weather call letting you know if the program will occur that evening or not.  Please arrive on the mountain at the time indicated in your emailed confirmation and given in the weather call, and check in at the gift shop in the Visitor Center.  Please plan carefully. If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to the start of your program, then you will be charged a $100 per person cancellation fee.

You have a choice of turkey or vegetarian sandwich as part of the light dinner served at the beginning of the program.  We cannot accommodate other special requests.  If you have a dietary restriction, please bring your own meal.

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