Each night our galactic Neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, is shown as part of the SkyNight experience. Through the 0.8m Schulman telescope, the largest dedicated public telescope in the southwest, you can easily see the dust lanes that wrap around the center of galaxy! The wide-field image shown above gives a sense of how large it appears on the sky. This is a view through our TeleVue telescope and as you can see it is larger than the full moon! We provide high quality binoculars that allow to you easily see the entire galaxy from the dark skies at the SkyCenter. (The moon never appears near the galaxy.... this image is a composite of two different images- but the telescope and camera are the same.)
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter’s SkyNights: Astrophotography program is a unique and awe-inspiring opportunity to peer beyond the blue horizons of our southwestern skies and explore the astronomical wonders of the Universe. We’ll not only be looking through the telescope but also capture the views using a CCD camera.
Renown astrophotographer, Adam Block, will take you through the process of how he creates these amazing images that have earned him worldwide recognition. During this six hour program you will navigate the night sky with binoculars and skycharts then gaze at spectacular planets, galaxies, and nebulae with our 32-inch Schulman Telescope. This telescope is the largest dedicated public observing telescope in Arizona. You will partake in the process of creating images that you have just viewed that will subsequently be made available to you.
February 1st, March 8th, April 12th 2013
$75/person ($35 for youths)