Kitt Peak National Observatory - Photo Gallery 1

©2011 by Fred Espenak. All rights reserved.


In 1958, Kitt Peak was selected as the site for a national observatory. Its remoteness from bright lights, a high frequeny of clear weather, minimum air turbulence, and moderate elevation (6,864 feet or 2,092 meters) make the mountain top ideal for astronomy. Located high above the Sonoran Desert in Arizona's Quinlan Mountains, Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) is home to the world's largest collection of telescopes, including twenty-two optical and two radio telescopes. Scientists from around the globe use these facilities for research programs in extragalactic, stellar, solar, and planetary studies.

Below is a partial list of some of the major telescopes atop Kitt Peak. For additional information, see the official KPNO web site.

The following photo gallery presents a collection of images of Kitt Peak National Observatory.


Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.






Kitt Peak National Observatory
Approaching Kitt Peak
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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak Sign
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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Mayall 4-Meter Dome - 1
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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak From the South
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2.1-Meter Observatory
Evening Twilight &
2.1-Meter Dome

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope - 1

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak
from Mayall Gallery

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak Looking West
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Steward 90-Inch Bok Telescope
Steward Observatory
in Afternoon

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1.3-Meter McGraw-Hill Observatory
View of 1.3-Meter Dome
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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Mayall 4-Meter &
Polar Star Trails

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2.1-Meter Observatory
2.1-Meter Dome
& Coude Feed

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Steward and Mayall
Domes In Twilight

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak In
Evening Twilight

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2.1-Meter Observatory
2.1-Meter At Sunset
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2.1-Meter Observatory
Afternoon at
2.1-Meter Dome

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2.1-Meter Observatory
2.1-Meter Silhouette
in Magenta Twilight

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
KPNO Visitor Center
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1.3-Meter McGraw-Hill Observatory
Vista with
1.3-Meter Dome

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Steward and Mayall
Observatories

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