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Mt Hamilton Lick Observatory (0557)

Mt Hamilton Lick Observatory (0557)
The front of the oldest building at Lick Observatory. In the late 1980's I was up at the observatory for a night when they were open to the public (with reservations). Just the quietness, elevation, and remoteness from San Jose give the experience a special feeling. Then, actually seeing the rings around Saturn from the telescope in the dome shown here, was an experience that I'll never forget. It definitely makes you feel small in the universe when you see the actual rings live, rather than a picture in a book or on a screen.

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Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
It's an evocative, powerful image, sleek and lovely.
4 years ago.
James Ruddy
James Ruddy
How come they're not open to the public now?
4 years ago.
Clint
Clint
I've never seen the rings of Saturn in a telescope. I once visited the visitor center on the side of Mauna Kea where they had a bunch of telescopes set up for a public show and saw Jupiter clearly enough to see the clouds, complete with the Galilean moons clearly visible in orbit. That was amazing.
4 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
James -- It's a research center and thus the telescopes are in heavy use, but I suspect that they still have night-time public openings periodically.
Blue -- Thanks for affirming that seeing it live, rather than filtered through some other media, is quite an experience.
4 years ago.
James Ruddy
James Ruddy
I figured it was for research, but I thought you meant the public didn't get to go there anymore.
4 years ago.