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Lowell Observatory: Premium Access – 24″ Clark Refractor
Experience the wonders of the universe through one of the world’s most storied telescopes—the 24-inch Clark Refractor at Lowell Observatory.
This private, personalized expedition across the stars lasts 75 minutes and offers an exclusive opportunity to view the cosmos through the same telescope that observatory founder Percival Lowell used to study Mars more than a century ago.
Looking through a telescope is like looking back through a time machine, observing celestial phenomena not as they appear now, but at the time when the light you are seeing began traveling to us. What could be more exciting than to observe this with an instrument that itself personifies antiquity? The 24-inch Clark Refractor, now in its second century of operation, was constructed in 1896, preceding Arizona statehood by 18 years. It was with this telescope that Percival Lowell fashioned his provocative ideas of life on Mars, V. M. Slipher first detected the expanding universe, and NASA astronauts mapped the Earth’s moon ahead of the Apollo missions.
This VIP experience is so much more than a stargazing session—it’s a guided journey through the cosmos and a retelling of how astronomers have used this tool of discovery. As 17th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler said, “The roads by which men arrive at their insights into celestial matters seem to me almost as worthy of wonder as those matters in themselves.”
During this Premium Access experience, guests will have the entire Clark Telescope, two educators, and the Clark Dome to themselves, including several exhibits within the dome that highlight some of the groundbreaking research done with the Clark Refractor.
To keep groups separate, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled start time. Masks are required and telescope eyepieces will be sanitized between use by staff and guests. The large interior space of the Clark Dome allows you and our specially trained Lowell educators to practice physical distancing throughout the duration of your Premium Access experience. Additionally, doors will be kept open to allow for increased ventilation.
Engage with history at Lowell Observatory in this exclusive, cautious approach to reopening.
9:00pm – 10:15pm
10:45pm – 12:00am
Fri, Sat, Sun
$525 (flat rate)
Up to 10 cohabitating or cotraveling guests