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University of Arizona Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Nightly Tours 

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter offers an awe-inspiring opportunity that lets you peer beyond the blue horizons of our southwestern skies and explore the astronomical wonders of the Universe from the summit of Mt. Lemmon - the highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains (9,172 feet) and scenic sky island. This five-hour program guides you through navigating the night sky with binoculars and sky charts, to viewing spectacular planets, galaxies, and nebulae with our Schulman 32-inch telescope. This telescope is the largest dedicated public observing telescope in Arizona and offers a captivating access to the universe.

Conducted by astronomer and world-renown astro-photographer, Adam Block, you travel millions of light-years back in time to behold some of the marvels of the Universe. As you observe the images through the telescope you learn interesting information about each object.  Adam’s passion for astronomy through these nightly programs and his images cannot be missed.  And before you know it your five-hour journey into the Universe has come to an end.  However, the next time you peer into the night sky you will smile knowing you have seen aspects of the cosmos that few people get to see. 

Participants: 20 max.

Length: 5 hours, includes a meal

Start time: Vary based on the time of the year.

Tickets: Online at or by phone 520.626.8122

Groups: Group rates and programs available, call for more information 520.626.8122

Program Location: Summit of Mt Lemmon, elevation 9172 feet

Mt Lemmon SkyCenter

520.626.8122 or email

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Nightly Observing

With its wide-open spaces and clear skies, Southern Arizona is known as one of the best places to stargaze. Travel to the top of a scenic 7,000-ft. mountain arriving just before sunset to see some amazing heavenly views from Kitt Peak National Observatory-the world's largest working astronomical observatory.

On this celestial journey, your group will see stars, as well as vivid constellations and glowing planets, through the lenses of the visitor center telescopes. Star charts, binoculars, and other helpful materials are available to help identify all you see. This program is extremely popular and often books months in advance. Make reservations early. The tour is weather-dependent. In the event of a cloudy night, the program will still be held, with hands-on activities.

Attendees: 10 min./100 max.

Length: 3.5 hours 

Availability: Program not available July 15-Sept. 1 due to unpredictable weather. Deposit: 20% of total group price due upon making a reservation. If the group cancels less than 24 hours prior, the deposit will not be refunded. Balance due on the day of the tour.

Sample Menu: Catered dinner: Prices and menus vary, from barbecue settings to elegant sit-downs. Box dinner: Turkey or vegetarian sandwich, bottled water, fruit, chips, and cookie.

Contact: Bill Buckingham

Kitt Peak National Observatory  

(520) 318-8163

Bill Buckingham, Marketing Director, 

Pima Air & Space Museum

Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Tour

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "Boneyard," is an Air Force collection of more than 4,000 post-World-War-II military aircraft. AMARG provides critical aerospace maintenance and regeneration capabilities for Joint and Allied/Coalition warfighters in support of global operations and agile combat support for a wide range of military operations. The facility is located adjacent to the Pima Air & Space Museum at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  

Two types of Boneyard Tours are offered - private and regularly scheduled. For private tours, the fully narrated tour is conducted on the group’s coach bus. The Museum does not have a bus to offer for private Boneyard Tours. Reservations for all Boneyard Tours must be done well in advance of the tour date; schedules fill up very quickly and often for months in advance. Private tours are offered Mondays through Fridays (excluding Federal Holidays) and will be set up at a time to be determined by the group. Regularly scheduled Boneyard tours are held Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and fill up quickly and often months in advance. Group tour reservations may be requested in advance by email or phone (520-618-4805). 

Length: 1 and a half to 1 hour and 45 minutes typically. Traffic backlog at the Swan Gate at Davis Monthan AFB may affect tour time. It is not recommended that groups or individuals on a tight schedule take the tour as tour length time cannot be guaranteed.

Contact: Patty Collins – 520-574-0462,

Pima Air & Space Museum  

6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85756

(520) 618-4800, 

More Science Ideas

Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab

A behind-the-scenes look into cutting-edge technology involved in making giant telescope mirrors. For Information and reservations: (520) 626-8792.

Ft. Huachuca, Arizona

The fort, located in the Huachuca Mountains, highlights the fascinating history of the U.S. Army, including the African-American cavalry known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Call the Sierra Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau at (520) 417-6960.

Fort Lowell Museum 

Chronicles the fascinating history of Fort Lowell, which was the regimental headquarters of the Sixth U.S. Cavalry. Ft. Lowell Park, east Tucson. (520) 885-3832.

Titan Missile Museum

The only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the nation. During the tour, participants get to experience a simulated missile launch. (520) 625-7736.

Steward Observatory
Titan Missile Museum Control Room
Steward Observatory Mirror Lab's Giant Mirror


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