Star Trails From Kitt Peak National Observatory - Photo Gallery

©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.

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 gallery presents a collection of Kitt Peak star trail photographs. Additional of night photos can be found in Kitt Peak at Night 1 and Kitt Peak at Night 2.


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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Star Arcs Over
Solar Telescope

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Steward 90-Inch Bok Telescope
Night Visitors at
Steward Observatory

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak Domes
At Night

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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Circumpolar Star Trails
& Mayall

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Polar Star Trails
Above Kitt Peak

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2.1-Meter Observatory
Star Trails Over
2.1-Meter

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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Big Dipper &
Mayall Dome

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Star Trails Over
McMath-Pierce

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Moonlite Night At
Steward & Mayall

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

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Circumpolar Star Trails
& McMath-Pierce

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Mayall and Steward Observatory Domes
Busy Night at
Steward and Mayall

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Majestic Star Trails
Over Kitt Peak

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
McMath-Pierce &
Orion Star Trails

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2.1-Meter Observatory
2.1-Meter
In Moonlight

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
0.9-Meter Dome &
Star Trails

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Rising Star Trails
Above McMath-Pierce

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Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
Mayall 4-Meter &
Polar Star Trails

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Kitt Peak National Observatory
Streaking Star Trails
Over KPNO

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McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
Polaris &
McMath-Pierce
Solar Telescope

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