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USA Mauna Kea Observatories - CFHT & Gemini N

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Mauna Kea is one of the best locations in the world for large professional telescopes. If you are an astronomy buff, visiting the top of Mauna Kea is well worth the effort.

This image shows the CFHT dome in the back left and the Gemini North dome in the front right.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauna_Kea_Observatories

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You can get to Saddle Road from either Hilo or Kona. Head north on the Mauna Kea Road. It is paved up to the Visitor Center (at 9000 ft) then again at the summit. In between is a gravel road for which you should have four-wheel drive.

The summit of Mauna Kea is about 13,800 feet, so the air is thin, the sun is intense, and the winds can be cold, even in summer. You cannot linger at the summit after sunset, but that's a good time to head back to the visitor center. In non-Covid times, the docents would set up telescopes for public viewing.

See http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/visiting-mauna-kea/visiting-the-summit.html
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Daytime during summer
Sunrise & Sunset 06:42 - 17:43 | current local time: 14:29
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