Aerial photography of Kitt Peak National Observatory, 13 June 2003

[KPNO aerial 2003]

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The Mayall 4-meter telescope sits in the foreground, with the dome of the KPNO 2.1-meter peaking just above it. At the back on the left are the triangular shape of the McMath-Pierce solar facility and the tower, formerly the Vacuum Tower Telescope but now the home of the Synoptic Optical Long-term Investigations of the Sun (SOLIS) project. Parts of the physical plant needed to operate the mountain facilities are visible along the ridge between these two landmarks. Also in the background, from right to left, are visible the WIYN 3.5-meter, the unused 0.4-meter, and the WIYN 0.9-meter. Just behind and to the right of the 4-meter appears the Steward Observatory (University of Arizona) group of several telescopes, dominated by the more unusual (because not a dome) tubular shape of the 90-inch. The knowledgeable eye can also identify the 0.9-meter telescope operated by the SARA consortium.

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