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Tim Hunter has a remarkable view of the city lights from his Foothills home.
He also can peer deep into the cosmos from the observatory in his front yard.
While he has said that owning an observatory "sounds more grandiose than it is," the dome contains a 12-inch telescope and a computer with two screens, allowing him to take images of the moon, planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae.

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The Grasslands Observatory is owned by Tim Hunter. The Director of the observatory is James McGaha, who is in charge of the observatory's operations. The Grasslands Observatory was started in 1985 when Tim Hunter purchased 20 acres of land at a remote location in Southeastern Arizona approximately an hour's drive from Tucson. The site has no horizon obstructions in any direction and sits on a large grassy plateau surrounded by distant mountains. It is at 5000 feet elevation, and there is only minor light pollution from distant Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Nogales, Arizona (and Sonora, Mexico).
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