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Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea

Important Advisory

The summit of Mauna Kea is just short of 14,000 feet. It is spectacularly beautiful but it is cold and the air is very thin. Touring observatories under these conditions can be very strenuous. One in twenty visitors succumb to altitude sickness. There are important safety and health items to consider.

1. You must be in good health, with no heart or
    breathing problems.

2. You will need to bring a warm (down or comparable)
    jacket, and a warm cap and gloves. (No surprise to
    an astronomer!)

Gemini 8 meter telescope

Twin Keck Telescopes on Mauna Kea

View from the Keck Gallery

Canada France Hawaii Telescope
Dome above, 3.5 m telescope below

NASA Infrared Facility

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                            Tour Schedule
                Thursday, January 19, 2012

10:00 am
Depart from CFH Telescope Headquarters

     Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Headquarters

11:00 am
- arrive at Visitor's Information Station at
                  the 9000 ft level of Mauna Kea

Visitors Information Station (VIS)

Hale Pohaku

12:00 pm - Lunch at the Hale Pohaku Astronomers
                 hotel & restaurant also at the 9000 ft.
                 level. This is a necessary stop for altitude
                 adjustment and it's great food!

  Dan Gray, Chris Carter, Russ and Cheryl Genet have lunch at
     Hale Pohaku during their 2008 tour. Clouds meet mountain
                          (Mauna Loa) in the background.

1:00 pm - Depart for the Summit
2:00 pm-  Gemini Telescope

2:45 pm-  Stop at the Keck Gallery

3:00 pm-  Tour of the Canada-France-Hawaii
               Telescope and/or the NASA Infrared
               Telescope Facility
4: 00 pm
- Leave the summit and return to Waimea
5:00 pm -  Arrive back at CFHT Headquarters

Please be aware that all Big Island Tours are subject to weather conditions, which can change rapidly and could therefore require cancellation.  

  Registration Fee for the
Mauna Kea Observatories Tour is $75 per person. 
It includes transportation and lunch at the
Hale Pohaku Restaurant.  To register

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