Michael A. Stecker
mike@mstecker.com


Home 

Places Index
Antarctica   Asia   Astronomical Sites   Australia   Egypt   Europe   Polynesia   New Zealand   North America   Scenic Treasures



Astronomical Sites:
Astronomical Sites Home Page    Astronomical Sites on digiphoto
 
AAO   Mauna Kea Observatories   CFHT   Gemini   GMT casting   JCMT
 Keck   Kitt Peak   LCO   Subaru/Keck/IRTF   UKIRT   VLA  

Astrophotographer Portraits

Kitt Peak National Observatory
.

The Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), founded in 1958, is located 55 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona on a 2,096 m (6,880 ft) peak of the Quinlan Mountains in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert (part of the Tohono O'odham Nation).   KPNO operates three major nighttime telescopes, shares site responsibilities with the National Solar Observatory and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 19 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. The observatory is run by the National Science Foundation and is considered to be part of the three member National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) -- Kitt Peak National Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile and the Gemini Telescopes (NOAO Gemini Science Center) in Hawaii and Chile.  Some of the telescopes at Kitt Peak are independently run like the MDM Observatory (University of Michigan, et. al.).

Kitt Peak at 31° 58' N, 111° 36' W, has the world's largest collection of optical telescopes, 22 optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions.

The telescopes are:

Kitt Peak National Observatory
4-meter Mayall
 2.1-meter
 0.9-meter Coudé Feed
1.3-meter
 0.9-meter
Visitor Center, 0.4-meter

National Solar Observatory
2-meter McMath-Pierce (main heliostat)
0.9-meter McMath-Pierce (east auxiliary heliostat)
0.9-meter McMath-Pierce (west auxiliary heliostat)
0.7-meter Kitt Peak Vacuum
0.1-meter Razdow

WIYN Observatory (Wisconsin Indiana Yale & NOAO)
3.5-meter

  Case Western Reserve University Observatory
0.6-meter Burrell Schmidt
 
Edgar O. Smith Observatory
1.2-meter Calypso
 
MDM Observatory (Michigan Dartmouth & MIT)
1.3-meter McGraw Hill
2.4-meter Hiltner

MIT/NASA Observatory
 0.18-meter ETC/RMT
(Explosive Transient Camera/Rapidly Moving Telescope)

SARA Observatory (Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy)
0.9-meter
 
  SARA Observatory Steward Observatory (University of Arizona)
2.3-meter Bok Reflector
0.9-meter Spacewatch
1.8-meter Spacewatch

WHAM (Wisconsin Hydrogen Alpha Mapping)
0.6-meter


National Radio Astronomy Observatory
12-meter
25-meter VLBA (Very Long Baseline Array)


see:
Kitt Peak Home Page

Kitt Peak Virtual Tour
Note: 1.0 meter = 39.37 inches

 


Kitt Peak Photos
mouse click on any of the thumb nail images below for an enlargement
x


Kitt Peak Turn-off

 


Kitt Peak members

 


Kitt Peak panorama

         


view from the Mayall

 


Solar Telescope

 


2.3m & 4m Mayall

         


4m, 2.3m, 0.9m telescopes

 


U. Az. 2.3m Bok & Mayall 4m
 

 


Mayall 4m dome

 

       


Mayall 4-meter  telescope

 


KP telescope map