A note regarding COVID-19 and our programs: At this time, we have suspended delivery of in-person public stargazing programs at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, through the end of May. We appreciate your interest and know that we will resume ticket sales as soon as it is reasonable to do so. We are contacting current Ticket holders for programs in April and May on a rolling basis and you should hear from us at least 2 weeks prior to your program. Should you wish to discuss your options before you hear from us, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please let us know if you would like a full refund or a return phone call to reschedule to a date in the future. As another option, please also consider converting your ticket purchase to a donation to our programs. If you would like to do this, your contribution is 100% tax deductible and the University of Arizona will send you a letter documenting your donation. We depend on the generosity of donors to to operate our programs, and now more than ever this support is critical.
Remote Astrophotography with the Schulman Telescope is available during this time!
Please read the information below and then click here to view the calendar of available times, and make your reservation!
Astrophotographers around the world can now enjoy taking full remote control of the .8-meter (32-inch) Schulman Telescope at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter to image astronomical targets of their choosing by taking direct control of the telescope through a web-based interface. Remote use of the telescope is not the same as live "viewing" and is targeted towards individuals interested in acquiring high-resolution astronomical data that have experience using photo editing software with raw (FITS format) astronomical images. Real-time imaging gives you feedback as to what is occurring at the observatory atop Mount Lemmon's 9,170 peak. You can see the raw images as they are acquired, watch the telescope and dome move, monitor the weather conditions, monitor guide stars, focus and much more. It is like being there but sitting comfortably in your own home.
After placing your reservation using the link below, you will receive an email from the SkyCenter confirming your time and with a pdf file of instructions on using the Schulman telescope web interface. We recommend reading the instructional documentation in advance and planning your entire imaging run so that once you are logged onto the system, you can maximize your time acquiring astrophotographic data.
Currently, we are offering a discounted base rate of $400 for a half night. You can choose either 8:30 PM - Midnight, or 12:30 AM - 4 AM (all times MST). We are also providing discounts for moon phase as follows: 26 - 50% illumination at 25% off; 51 - 75% illumination at 50% off; 76 - 100% illumination at 70% off. These discounts are reflected in the ticket prices for each half night. Prior to reserving time for remote use of the Schulman telescope, please review our webpage on the system, including our policy on weather cancellations and refunds.
SkyNights Public Observing Program (Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)
SkyNights is a popular after-dark program that provides unique access to the heavens from the top of Mount Lemmon. Learn about the constellations, observe interesting atmospheric phenomena, and view the wonders of the cosmos from a high-quality astronomical site using the amazing 32-inch Schulman and/or the 24-inch Phillips Telescopes…Arizona’s largest dedicated public viewing telescopes! This is a rare opportunity to view the universe that most of humanity will never experience. SkyNights is offered Wednesday-Sunday evening throughout the year, as long as the weather allows!
*Please note: During October through April, and especially during November, December, January and February, the weather will be very cold on top of our mountain during your experience. Please be prepared with layers, heavy coats, boots, and other items to keep you warm during your visit.
For SkyNights StarGazing program inquiries, please email email@example.com