Palomar Observatory in United States

Hale Telescope dome

Great view and interesting It was not easy to find( thank goodness for WAZE) but worth the trip. The gift shop was just big enough to have interesting items. Glad I made the trip up there!.

Interesting and Immense A visit starts off with an awesome road to travel up the mountain*** especially with motorcycles. Great to see the size and technology that went into building the place almost a 100 years ago.

Of interest to all especially amateur astronomers Appeals to all ages. Convenient parking. An engineering marvel. The tours led by volunteer docents are extremely informative. Visit their website for additional information.

Palomar Observatory, located atop Palomar Mountain in north San Diego County, California, is a center of astronomical research owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Observatory is home to three active research telescopes: the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope, the 48-inch (1.2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope, and the 60-inch (1.5-meter) telescope. The research is conducted by Caltech faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students, as well as by researchers at collaborating institutions. Conceived of almost a hundred years ago, Palomar Observatory has been at the forefront of astronomical research since mid-century. Today, the observatory operates every clear night and is an iconic facility for scientific advancement, instrument development, and student training. The Observatory is a popular destination in Southern California and receives tens of thousands of visitors a year from all over the world. Most come to see the famous 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope-for decades the largest effective telescope in operation. Whether you are an astronomy, history, or engineering enthusiast, or simply curious about the Observatory, you will enjoy visiting our museum and taking one of our guided tours of the facility. All are welcome at the Palomar, but we ask that all visitors respect our rules and procedures. Public, guided tours of the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope are available to visitors on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday, start times are 11:00 am and 1:30 pm) spring through fall-typically from the first weekend in April to the last weekend October. The tours are roughly one hour long, and limited-availalbility tickets (sold exclusively on a day-of and first-come, first served basis) are required. Please plan accordingly.


Address 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

Phone +1 760-742-2119


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