Gemini Observatory

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Gemini North Telescope Visit Request Form

Professional and Educational Tours

Gemini makes every effort to accommodate teacher/student groups and professionals involved in activities related to astronomical research/engineering. A minimum of two weeks notice is necessary for all tour requests and we are not permitted to provide tours for commercial (for-profit) groups. Gemini cannot provide transportation and other restrictions apply (such as age and health).

  • Typical Schedule

    (w/ Hilo as assumed departure city)

    • 11:00 Depart Hilo
    • 12:00 Arrive at mid-level facilities (HP/VIS)
    • 12:45 Safety briefing at HP/VIS
    • 1:00 Departure for summit
    • 1:30 Arrive at Gemini
    • 2:30 End of tour/ on your own

    1.5 hr or greater travel time back to sea level.

Request A Tour

Select A Tour Type From The Dropdown Above
Tour Date

Please enter the date you would like to visit. the summit. If you are flexible and have a date range that you can be available please enter the first and last dates that your group will be available.

Tour groups meet at the Mauna Kea mid-level facilities - Hale Pohaku (HP) or the Visitors Information Station (VIS). *Sunset/Twilight/ tours are very limited.

Is your group able to join with another tour?

Unavailable Dates:

Common unavailable dates typically include weekends and holidays.

Tour Date

Please enter the date you are hoping to visit the summit. If you are flexible and have a date range that you can be available please enter the last date you will be able to make a tour.

Tour group meets at Hale Pohaku below the Mauna Kea summit. *Sunset/Twilight/ tours are very limited.

Blackout Dates

The following dates are unavailable for tours:

  • December 1, 2013
  • December 3, 2013
  • January 1, 2014
Contact Details

The point of contact must be part of the visiting group for this tour request. If the point of contact is not traveling with the group the secondary point of contact must be listed as the first person in the tour group members.

Tour Group Members

Special approval needed for groups larger than 12 members.

Name Age Special Needs Acccomodation Details  
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Tour Group Members

We are able to accommodate or "piggy back" small groups (1-3 people) on an already scheduled tour.

Name Age Special Needs Acccomodation Details

Let us know if there is anything else we should know when considering your request, for example:

  • Name of Gemini staff member you'd like to lead your tour
  • Specific areas of interest
    • Scientific
    • General
    • Media/Press
Science Details

Indicate area of interest, astronomy type.

Media Details

All Media applicants must receive a permit from the Office Of Mauna Kea Management.

List names of any staff members needed for interviews and specific shooting locations (inside, outisde, control room, etc.).

Public Tours are not offered, however sometimes we are able to accommodate or "piggy back" small groups (1-3 people) on an already scheduled tour. If you are interested in trying this please submit the following info:

Your Tour Request Has Been Submitted

A tour coordinator will be contacting you as soon as your request has been reviewed.

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