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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:51 AM

Here are some of the photographs that I took during my two visits to the Griffith Observatory in October. It was partly-to-mostly cloudy the first evening due to a persistent low pressure region that sat off the coast. A rather chromatically-aberrated Vega was the only celestial object that I saw through a telescope. The skies were clear during the second visit and three 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrains were set up outside of the observatory complex. In addition to Uranus (through the observatory's primary instrument), I had a peek at Albireo, NGC 457 (the Owl Cluster), and the Double Cluster through the SCTs.

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October 6th visit

The Hollywood Sign on Mt. Lee on the way up Mt. Hollywood to the Griffith Observatory

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:55 AM

The Griffith Observatory from a distance

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:56 AM

The Astronomers Monument - note the sky

http://www.griffitho.../bexterior.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:59 AM

Friedrich Wilhelm (William) Herschel - one of the famous astronomers honored on the monument

http://messier.seds..../wherschel.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:02 AM

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:03 AM

The entrance

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:04 AM

The Hugo Ballin ceiling mural in the W. M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda

http://www.griffitho...s/brotunda.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:06 AM

The Extending the Eye exhibit in the Wilder Hall of the Eye

http://www.griffitho...bhallofeye.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:07 AM

Up on the roof

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:08 AM

A Tesla coil

http://www.griffitho...bhallofeye.html

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The Tesla coil in action

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:11 AM

As sunset approaches

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:19 AM

The 12-inch Zeiss achromatic refractor - more people have looked through this telescope than any other in the world

http://www.griffitho...telescopes.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:28 AM

The smaller refractor is a 9.5-inch Zeiss acromat and the eyepiece in the 12-inch Zeiss is an old 40mm Tele Vue Widefield

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:29 AM

The sign says it all

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:30 AM

Waiting for observing to begin - unfortunately Vega turned out to be the target due to cloudiness

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:39 AM

The Los Angeles skyline

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:44 AM

A large iron meteorite from the Barringer Meteor Crater

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:49 AM

The Gunther Depths of Space exhibit hall

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:52 AM

The Samuel Oschin Planetarium

http://www.griffitho.../bsoplanet.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:58 AM

October 7th visit - a clear night

One of three 11-inch Celestron SCTs set up on the observatory grounds

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:01 AM

The Rebel Without a Cause Monument - James Dean

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http://www.griffitho.../bexterior.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:03 AM

The Cosmic Connection timeline of the universe

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:06 AM

The Big Picture - the largest astrophotograph in the world (back wall)

http://www.griffitho...thsofspace.html

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:10 AM

Tektites

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