Farewell Kitt Peak: Daytime & Widefield


One of the Top 5 Sunsets I’ve Seen on Kitt Peak

Steward Observatory Bok 2.1-meter (left) and Mayall 4-meter (right)

Steward Observatory Bok 2.1-meter (left) and Mayall 4-meter (right)

Sunset panorama

Sunset panorama: from left to right, SARA 0.9-m, two University of Arizona Space Watch telescopes (one behind the other), Steward Observatory Bok 2.1-m telescope, and Mayall 4-m

Sunset looking toward the WIYN 0.9-meter (left), WIYN 3.5-meter (left) and SARA 0.9-meter (right)

Sunset looking toward the WIYN 0.9-meter (left), WIYN 3.5-meter (middle) and SARA 0.9-meter (right)

My favorite sunset photo looking east

My favorite sunset photo looking east: from left to right, McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, 1.3-m telescope, NOAO 2.1-m, WIYN 0.9-m and WIYN 3.5-m

 

Solar Telescope Daytime Tour

Standing in the fallout shelter at the base of the diagonal tunnel.

Standing in the fallout shelter at the base of the diagonal tunnel.

 

Dead bat encrusted in the fan cage.. The whole shelter looked as if no one had been there in the past 60 years.

Dead bat encrusted in the fan cage.. The whole shelter looked as if no one had been there in the past 60 years.

Finally at the top with the Embry-Riddle students who were observing with the telescope that night

Finally at the top with the Embry-Riddle students who were observing with the telescope that night.

Doing the Titanic pose at the top of the 100-foot tower

Doing the Titanic pose at the top of the 100-foot tower (Image Credit: R. Oliversen)

Panorama from atop the solar, looking east. Check out those clouds! (Image credit: F. Haase)

Panorama from atop the solar, looking east. Check out those clouds!

 

Odds & Ends

Sketch drawn by a coworker's father during a program. It was a total surprise to see this later!

Sketch drawn by a coworker’s father during a program. It was a total surprise to see this later! (Sketch Credit: R. Watson)

One coworker took me on a mini-hike down the old road up Kitt Peak (the unpaved dirt road). We saw this little fluff-butt, which made my day.

One coworker took me on a mini-hike down the old road up Kitt Peak (the unpaved dirt road). We saw this little fluff-butt, which made my day.

Star trail taken from the WIYN 0.9-m parking lot. Unfortunately the strong winds caused jumps in the trails, and I clipped Polaris out of the image. Hopefully I'll be able to try again one day! Skies are bright due to the full moon, which nicely illuminated the domes.

Star trail taken from the WIYN 0.9-m parking lot. Unfortunately the strong winds caused jumps in the trails, and I clipped Polaris out of the image. Hopefully I’ll be able to try again one day! Skies are bright due to the full moon, which nicely illuminated the domes.

 

 

 

 

 

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