Kitt Peak National Observatory - Photo Gallery 2

©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.




McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Sunburst &
McMath-Pierce - 1

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
1.3 and 4 Meter Domes
In Twilight

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Steward and Mayall
with Star Trails

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Sunrise and Kitt Peak
Domes Aligned

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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Mayall 4-Meter
Telescope - 1

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
0.4 and 0.9 Meter
Telescope Domes

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Evening Twilight at
Steward & Mayall

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1.3-Meter McGraw-Hill Observatory
1.3-Meter Opens In Dusk
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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Dawn Silhouette of
McMath-Pierce

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2.1-Meter Observatory
Coude Tower &
2.1-Meter Dome

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2.1-Meter Observatory
Dawn at 2.1-Meter Dome
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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak
Domes, Domes & Domes

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1.3-Meter McGraw-Hill Observatory
Looking Up at
1.3-Meter Dome

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak
Domes & Mountains

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Kitt Peak's
Steward & Mayall

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Many Observatories
on Kitt Peak

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Evening Twilight with
1.3 & 4 Meter Domes

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Towering Domes of
Steward and Mayall

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2.1-Meter Observatory
Dusk Comes to
2.1-Meter

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Unique McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope

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