Advanced Observing Program at Kitt Peak Visitor Center
(Overnight Program)

The Advanced Observing Program is a public program in which participants use the high-tech resources of the Kitt Peak Visitor Center Observatories to explore the Universe. Don’t miss our images!

New CCD Images!
Quick Rate Info
  • CCD Imaging: $650/night, up to 2 people
  • Visual and Webcam DLSR: $550/night, up to 2 people
  • $90/night/person, room and board, single occupancy (includes 3 meals)
  • $75/night/person, double occupancy


The Advanced Observing Program (AOP) is designed to give participants an authentic sample of the atmosphere of professional astronomy. You and one of our well qualified staff spend the night using one of Kitt Peak’s three public telescopes and associated equipment, exploring the wonders of the night sky. Absolutely no prior experience with a telescope is necessary. The program is considered advanced because we use the best amateur equipment available, under the clearest skies in the continental United States, with the most qualified & trained expert staff.

Guests arrive in the early afternoon and begin their dedicated observing at the conclusion of the NOP. Three meals are included and guests rest in their assigned room at the end of the night. Checkout time is 2pm on the following day. This is a weather dependent program.

Guests can choose from various modes of Observing

  1. Visual Observing: Peer through an eyepiece all night long, and see everything from planets to other galaxies.
  2. CCD Image Taking: You will learn how to take astronomical data, calibrate it and process it until a high resolution color picture of your favorite astronomical vista materializes.
  3. Webcam and DSLR Imagery: With DSLR imagining guests can typically go home with 10-12 quick images of objects.

If you are interested in making a reservation for our AOP, please use our on-line Reservation Request Form. Gift Certificates are available; call 520-318-8726.

We look forward to seeing you beneath the skies of Kitt Peak.

Not wanting to travel to Kitt Peak then check out our Image Queue for other options!

Highlighted Image

NGC 3190 and friends