The massive dome housing the 4m telescope, the largest optical telescope on the peak
There were a few ladybugs around the base of the telescope.
The 4m telescope.
The largest solar observatory in the world. Another angle of the solar telescope
If You Visit Kitt Peak Observatory:
- Don't waste your money on the guided tours. Everywhere you go on a tour is open to the public, and if you want a guide, you can download audio tours from the Kitt Peak website. Explore the site at your own pace for free.
- Bring a lunch. There are some nice picnic facilities but nowhere to buy a decent meal.
- Bring sunscreen AND a jacket (even in May, I needed a light sweeter).
In my last post, someone expressed skepticism regarding the pervasive nature of light pollution. I've included a link showing light pollution in the US. I should note that some areas that show no light pollution (Kitt Peak) still have problems with city lights at least for purposes of astronomy.