Advanced Observing Program, KPNO Visitor Center

Images by guest observers and staff, processed and maintained by Adam Block

The Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) Visitor Center offers a public program for guests (basically everybody) to do quasi-professional astronomical observations, the Advanced Observing Program (AOP). Here you can rent a well-equipped 16-inch telescope for a full night. The images below have been obtained by participants, and processed by Adam Block, who also maintains a collection of more images - or just note his Best of AOP highlights.

  • Also note our index of Messier Object images from the AOP Every participant of the Advanced Observing Program (AOP) can take images like these! No special skills or previous astronomical experience is required. Instructed and assisted by astronomers, interested people can even use a well-equipped 16-inch telescope on Kitt Peak for one full night! (Isn't this a great vacations idea?)

  • Also note KPNO/NOAO's images of Messier Objects

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    Last Modification: June 8, 2001