The Kitt Peak Experience… Like no other

Public Nights on the WIYN 0.9m (38") Telescope

Exterior shot of the WIYN 0.9-m telelscope building at sunset

The Kitt Peak Visitor Center has been allowed 6 nights on the 38 inch WIYN Consortium Research Telescope. This is a rare opportunity to look through the largest public viewing telescope in Southern Arizona.

There are only a limited number of seats per night (20) and reservations will be on a first come first serve basis. This unique program will sell out FAST and is not offered regularly.

To make a reservation call the Visitor Center at 520-318-8726.

The per person cost is $139.00/$129.00 for members and includes:

Interior shot of the WIYN 0.9-m telelscope

Most of the images from the Kitt Peak poster series were taken with the 0.9m telescope.

The 0.9m telescope is one of the first research telescopes on Kitt Peak. It was built back in 1962 and is used primarily for research. The telescope is often used with the Mosaic camera, which gives it a one degree field of view.

The program will be different from the Nightly Observing Program (NOP) and will start with dinner at 5:30, then a tour of the 0.9m facility, a short lecture, and in depth history of the telescope and of Kitt Peak. Public Program Specialists will also give an overview of what’s visible in the night sky, then off to observatory to look at various objects through the 0.9m eyepiece.

The WIYN 0.9m telescope is not handicapped accessible. Guests should be able to walk up two flights of stairs without any assistance.

Reserve your spot via the online RSVP form, or call the visitor center at 520-318-8726. They will take all your necessary information. This is a rare event so there are no discounts.

If you need to cancel your reservations, you can do so with no penalty up to 48 hours before the start of your program. If you cancel within that 48-hour timeframe, you will be charged $100 per person; you will be charged the full fee if you don't show up and don't call in advance. We reserve the right to cancel the program due to low numbers, inclement weather, or equipment problems; be assured that if we have to cancel, you will not be charged. We cannot give refunds if there is an equipment failure during the program, but we will provide you with a voucher for a future program.


Please click on the following links for more information regarding other public stargazing programs that Kitt Peak offers like the Nightly Observing Program or the Advanced Observing Program.