Observatories

Cochise County’s comfortable temperatures and clear skies are ideal for stargazing. Join a “star party” given by local astronomers, visit one of the county’s private observatories or simply find an off-the-beaten path spot to gaze into our star studded skies. Whether you’re a novice or an expert astronomer, a visit to Cochise County is an astronomer’s delight.

San Pedro Valley Observatory The San Pedro Valley Observatory provides a high-quality, educational astronomy experience. It was once home to a small bed & breakfast inn with the Vega Bray observatory attached. The new owners changed its name to the San Pedro Valley Observatory and have purchased three new telescopes.

Patterson Observatory Located at the University of Arizona’s South Campus in Sierra Vista, this research observatory is open to the public by reservation only. It includes a 16-foot dome housing a Ritchey-Chretien telescope, a classroom suitable for teaching or lectures and a second observatory with a number of telescopes that are operated remotely.

Huachuca Astronomy Club’s Observatories With 15 local observatories owned by amateur sky-watchers, members of the Huachuca Astronomy Club enjoy sharing the boundless skies with groups and visitors. Some of the observatories are open to the public, by reservation; other events are the monthly Astronomy Nights, which are held to educate newcomers to planetary and astral wonders. If you're an astronomy buff, you can connect with the club through their monthly star parties or their newsletter. They have a weatlh of resources available.

Butterfield RV Park and Observatory With an on-site observatory managed by its resident astronomer, guests of the RV Park can sign up to attend a nightly star show. The Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory offers nightly sessions (weather permitting) at 7:30 p.m. A second session may be added if enough guests register. A university-quality installation, the Meade LX-200 GPS 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, housed in a 15-foot-diameter dome is the observatory’s primary instrument.

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