Kitt Peak At Night - 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.

I've made many trips to Kitt Peak to use the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope . This gave me the opportunity to shoot long time exposures at night and capture the graceful arcs of the stars and planets as they rise and set.

The following photo gallery presents a collection of night time and star trail photographs made from Kitt Peak. A second set of photos can be found in Kitt Peak at Night - Gallery 2.


Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.






Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak Domes
in Twilight

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak At Night
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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Steward & Mayall
Domes In Moonlight

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Solar Telescope
with Moon & Venus

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2.1-Meter Observatory
Star Trails Over
2.1-Meter

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Star Trails Over
McMath-Pierce

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Moonlight On
Steward & Mayall Domes

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak
Twilight Silhouette

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2.1-Meter Observatory
2.1-Meter
In Moonlight

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Solar Telescope
In Moonlight

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce
With Venus & Jupiter

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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Circumpolar Star Trails
& Mayall

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Star Arcs Over
Solar Telescope

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak Domes
In Twilight

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Steward 90-Inch Bok Telescope
Night Visitors at
Steward Observatory

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Polar Star Trails
Above Kitt Peak

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Evening Comes to
Kitt Peak

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1.3-Meter McGraw-Hill Observatory
1.3-Meter &
Starry Night

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak Domes
At Night

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Solar Telescope
At Night

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