Kitt Peak National Observatory

United States astronomical observatory

The Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) is an observatory in the United States. It is 55 miles (88 km) southwest of Tucson, Arizona.

Kitt Peak National Observatory
Overview of some of the telescopes at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
LocationTohono O'odham Nation, Arizona, United States
Altitude2,096 m (6,875 ft)
Weather72% clear nights
KPNO Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope4.0 m Ritchey-Chrétien reflector
WIYN Telescope3.5 m Ritchey-Chrétien reflector
McMath-Pierce Solar TelescopeUnobstructed solar reflector
KPNO 2.1 m TelescopeFourth largest on the mountain
Coudé Feed TowerCoudé spectrograph
SOLIS/Kitt Peak Vacuum TelescopeSolar telescope
Razdow TelescopeWeather monitoring for the solar telescopes
WHAM TelescopeMilky Way temperature and density mapping
RCT Consortium TelescopeRemotely controlled
WIYN 0.9 m TelescopeGalactic studies
Calypso ObservatoryOnly private telescope on the mountain
CWRU Burrell SchmidtGalactic studies
SARA ObservatoryVariable stars, undergraduate training
ETC/RMTNo longer operating
Spacewatch 1.8 m Telescope72 in mirror scavenged from the Mount Hopkins MMT
Spacewatch 0.9 m TelescopeSpacewatch
Super-LOTISFollow-on to the ETC/RMT
HAT-1Recently relocated to nearby Mount Hopkins
Bok TelescopeVersatile
MDM Observatory 1.3 m McGraw-Hill TelescopeOriginally at Ann Arbor
MDM Observatory 2.4 m Hiltner TelescopeGalactic surveys
 HF radio-telescope, built atop a tank turret
ARO 12m Radio TelescopeOne of two telescopes operated by the Arizona Radio Observatory, part of Steward Observatory
VLBAOne of ten radio-telescopes forming the VLBA

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