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A Visitor's Guide to the Kitt Peak Observatories

A Visitor's Guide to the Kitt Peak Observatories

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Leslie Sage, Gail Aschenbrenner
Cambridge University Press, 4/22/2004
EAN 9780521006521, ISBN10: 052100652X

Paperback, 118 pages, 18.6 x 12.4 x 0.9 cm
Language: English

The Kitt Peak National Observatory is located in the Quinlan Mountains, southwest of Tucson, Arizona. For more than 40 years, astronomers have used the telescopes here to make many remarkable discoveries about the Universe. Today, Kitt Peak is the most visited astronomical observatory site in the world. With over twenty telescopes of different types and sizes, the site gives visitors an indication of the great diversity of modern astronomy. This guide gives a comprehensive tour of the Kitt Peak telescopes, and introduces some of the important science that is done with them. It also points out some of the beautiful surrounding scenery, and gives an idea of what it is like to be an astronomer on the mountain. The book will enable visitors to make the most of their trip, and contains color-coded walking tours of the telescopes.

Acknowledgements
Director's welcome
How to use this guide
Planning your Kitt Peak visit
Telescopes and vistas/Interest points
Doing astronomy
Managing the mountain
Recommended reading and astronomy websites
Glossary.

'... it is a fascinating insight into what must be a delightful experience. ... For those planning such a trip this book is essential packing, for the rest of us well it's the next best thing!' Astronomy and Space