October 26: Mt. Graham

Large Binocular Telescope
Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope
Arizona Radio Observatory

7-Hour Tour: 9:00am-4:00 pm

3.5 hour drive
Your choice if you stay overnight

Deadline to sign up: October 1

Coordinator: Jim Haug



What Do I Need to Do?

Please use the information below to sign up, pay, and get your lunch reservations made. When you send your check, please note you are part of the Sun City Astronomy Club group.

When you've sent your check, send Jim Haug an email to note your intentions.

If you are staying overnight, you are expected to make your own hotel reservations.

It is about 3 1/2 hours from Sun City. Individuals wanting to carpool should make their own arrangements as some will want to stay overnight before, after or not at all.



DETAILS (Received from Mt. Graham):

We have 18 spots reserved for you on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 to see the largest, most powerful telescope in the world!

Please be here by 9:00 am.

You will be sent a lunch menu in a separate e-mail. You can click on the link, and also forward it on to the others. I will need everyone’s lunch order back to me by Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

After we eat lunch we proceed to the observatories and will tour the control rooms, the living quarters, the research data rooms, etc. of all three observatories:  The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, the Arizona Radio Observatory, and the Large Binocular Telescope.

We arrive back here at Discovery Park between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.  You could have dinner in Safford at a restaurant featured along the “Salsa Trail”.  If you need names and locations of motels or restaurants, you can contact the Graham County Chamber of Commerce.  Their phone # is 1-888-837-1841, their e-mail address is info@graham-chamber.com and their web site is www.visitgrahamcounty.com.

The group rate is $35.00 per person.  We do not have a debit/credit machine here, but you can send us acheck or money order to:

Eastern Arizona College

1651 W. Discovery Park Blvd.

Safford, Az  85546.


We are located on the corner of 20th Avenue and Discovery Park Boulevard in Safford.  If you put our address into your GPS system it puts you at our maintenance gate (which is closed) instead of our main entrance, so here are the Driving Directions from Tucson:


From Tucson take the I-10 highway & turn East like you’re going to El Paso.

Look for the Highway 191 turnoff.   Turn North on Highway 191 & head towards Safford.

The 1st stoplight you come to on Highway 191 is Discovery Park Boulevard.  Turn Left (West) on Discovery Park Boulevard & go up & over the hill.  Where the road makes an abrupt right (North) turn, you turn left (South) instead.  You will see a white “Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park” sign.  Follow the access road through the white gate and up the hill to the parking lot.  You are here!


Although the EAC Discovery Park Campus (DPC) and the Mt. Graham International Observatory (MGIO) make every effort to make sure the visits are safe and comfortable, all interested parties are STRONGLY WARNED that the MGIO facilities are at extremely high altitude (10,500 ft. / 3,200m).

  • The drive has several curves and hairpin turns, with no guard rails.
  • If you get car sick you will need to bring some Dramamine for nausea.
  • Participants must be able to easily get in and out of a van several times.
  • Participants must be able to walk moderate distances, climb several sets of stairs, and also includesstanding in place for extended periods of time at these altitudes.
  • The observatories require us to wear close-toed walking shoes for safety.
  • The temperature is approximately 30 degrees cooler, therefore a light jacket is recommended.
  • There is NO SMOKING anywhere in the vans, in the buildings, or on the mountain.
  • We don't have a gift shop or souvenirs, so don't forget to bring your camera!


It is strongly recommended that those with the following conditions should not participate:

  • Any diagnosed Medical Condition

o   Chronic Respiratory Disorders

o   Asthma

o   Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease  (COPD)

o   Emphysema

o   Chronic Bronchitis

o   Congenital Heart Disease

o   Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

o   Abnormal Heart Rhythm – Arrhythmia

o   Pregnancy

  • ANY need for assistive devices to walk