Website last updated on Monday, March 13, 2017
Astronomy is a HOT topic in Arizona and especially here in the Gila Valley area of southeastern Arizona. Mt. Graham is the home of several world class observatories operated by Steward Observatory and its partners. Steward Observatory is the research arm for the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona:
MGIO - Home of the LBT, SMT and VATT
The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory on a cold frosty winter day.
Operated by the Arizona Radio Observatory - a division of Steward Observatory at
The University of Arizona
Home of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT)
First Light Image
The Large Binocular Telescope
CCD optimized for blue end
of the spectrum
The Vatican Observatory - housing the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) - a 1.8 meter diameter optical telescope.
The Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope Observatory (SMT) - a 10 meter diameter collector for radio wavelengths between microwave energy and infrared energy. Operated by the Arizona Radio Observatory, a department of Steward Observatory.
The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)– the most powerful telescope in the world - new instruments are continually being installed to explore the universe! This telescope has the light collection capability of a 11.8 meter telescope and the image resolution of a 23 meter telescope.