Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Amado

The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA. The site is​ on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona​. The major instrument ​at​ ​the site is the MMT Observatory's 6.5-m-diameter optical telescope. The current suite of FLWO telescopes includes a 1.2-m-diameter imaging optical telescope; the 1.5-m Tillinghast optical spectroscopic telescope; the HAT (Hungarian-made Automated Telescope) array of five optical telescopes; the MINERVA array of four 70-cm optical telescopes; the MEarth array of eight 40-cm optical telescopes; and the VERITAS array of four 12-m telescopes for gamma-ray astronomy.
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  • Look at the antenna - you can almost always see a raptor sitting on the highest level. The picnic area is really clean with restrooms available. Pack a picnic - there are some steep areas so keep ramb...  more »
  • We enjoyed the historical attention given to this remote observatory. We missed the "tour the observatory" season by a month but can return. A new PR person is onboard and they are changing some of th...  more »
  • Beautiful drive. Good mountain road, pretty smooth. You can't actually get to the observatory at the very top but they is a spot that is part of the Smithsonian institute where there are picnic tables, grills and very clean restroom. Water was running down the mountain.
  • Very interesting place and I'm sure very few people get to see things like this.

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