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Spencer's Observatory

2720 S Kinney Rd, Cat Mountain Lodge, Tucson, AZ 85735-1502
+1 520-578-6085
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Very interesting

We had quite an education about the night sky. They used a large 14 inch Celestron telescope. Rob... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
debra s
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Illinois
Great Experience!

my wife, son, and I reserved 2 hours on a Friday night when visiting Tucson. We were able to see... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Nicholas S
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Spencer's Observatory is Tucson's new, privately-owned observatory offering personalized Star Tours of the Tucson sky under a custom-built retractable roof with patio. Situated near the southwestern entrance to the Tucson Mountain Park-West at Cat Mountain Lodge, a bed & breakfast in the desert with eco-friendly accommodations in a vintage ranch setting. The observatory is home to a Celestron 14" SCT telescope on a GoTo Mount, a 10" Meade LX200 SCG telescope, as well as a Piggy Back 4" Stellar View Refractor. Astrophotography and small Star Parties also available with nearby Coyote Pause Cafe and Cat Mountain Station artisan shopping center.
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2720 S Kinney Rd, Cat Mountain Lodge, Tucson, AZ 85735-1502
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+1 520-578-6085
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

We had quite an education about the night sky. They used a large 14 inch Celestron telescope. Rob gave us an interesting introduction into viewing the stars. Sort of our first rodeo and he was extremely patient. A must do if your nearby, set up...More

Thank debra s
Reviewed 23 November 2016

my wife, son, and I reserved 2 hours on a Friday night when visiting Tucson. We were able to see many great objects in that short time including Venus, Mars, some binary stars, nebulas, star clusters and even a few galaxies. We were also lucky...More

2  Thank Nicholas S
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide - Thanks, Alison! Had a great time. Got amazing pictures. Spent two hours looking a number of awe inspiring sights in the sky. Kids loved it!

1  Thank Heidi L
Reviewed 27 November 2015

i recommend the 2 hour tour. very informative and friendly astronomer. answered all our questions. nice facility easily accessible from Tucson. keep in mind these are nice telescopes but you will not get the real depth you might hope for. also we went on a...More

Thank A_NIELSEN_987
Reviewed 9 October 2015

While visiting my daughter in Tucson she booked a 2 hour viewing at the resort as a surprise to me. What a wonderful time we had. Our guide Alison was excellent. She programmed the 14" telescope to many different objects in the sky. We started...More

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 7 July 2015

We booked a private two-hour star gazing and it was INCREDIBLE!!! Each of us (ages 7-69) were mesmerized. Our guide, Alison, was AWESOME!!! You could tell that she loves what she does and she did a superb job conveying her enthusiasm to each us. My...More

1  Thank KeTeKaHa
Reviewed 29 June 2015

Having never before looked through a 14" telescope, I was astounded to see craters on the moon so distinctly. For the first time I could see the difference between blue and yellow stars. All five persons in our group had opportunity to see planets, stars,...More

2  Thank RaddishM
Reviewed 28 June 2015

I took my siblings to see the stars at Spencer's Observatory recently. Although the sky wasn't as dark and clear as a good winter night, we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Robby took us on a tour of the moon and planets visible that evening...More

1  Thank MVanDeusen
Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

Went here with another couple while enjoying the hospitality of CatMountain Lodge. Clouds were intermittent but Robbie made the best of it showing and describing the different planets, stars and constellations available. Got some great shots of the moon on his 10" Meade telescope. Well...More

1  Thank Donald J
Reviewed 24 March 2015

My parents, myself and my 6 year old son booked a private 2 hour tour on a Friday night while vacationing in Tucson. Allison was our guide to the planets/starts for the evening and she was wonderful. She was very informative and very friendly. My...More

1  Thank DaneBlake
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lkirk23
16 October 2015|
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Response from Pamela C | Property representative |
Hello! It depends on your preference. It is a guided star tour, and if you reserve the Observatory, your tour is private, meaning only you party is present with the guide. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to... More
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A_NIELSEN_987
11 October 2015|
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Response from Pamela C | Property representative |
Hello! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! I was on my honeymoon. It depends on your preference. It is a guided star tour, and if you reserve the Observatory, your tour is private, meaning only your party is... More
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