The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Kitt Peak From Afar…

I was out talking some pictures near Houghton and Old Spanish Trail on the east side of Tucson.  Shortly after sunset, pointed my camera to the west-southwest.

That’s Kitt Peak, over 50 miles away.  And you can even make out some of the telescopes.  Here, let me crop that and enlarge for you.

Now you can clearly see the large dome on the right.  That is the Mayall 4 meter telescope.  You can see several other smaller domes as well.  Toward the left, you can see what looks like a little triangle.  That is the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope.

Since we are close to the solstice, the Sun is setting in the northwest.  I will have to come back later in the year and try this shot when the Sun sets farther south.  Might get some nicer colors or even silhouette the telescopes against the setting Sun.  Look for that shot this fall/winter.

July 6, 2010 - Posted by | Photography

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