Visiting another of the world's great observatories fulfilled my personal wish list for our trip to California. At one point, I met two of the astronomers doing research with the 200-inch that week at the back of the huge dome but I fear they had to contend with clouds from a persistent Pacific low-pressure system that night.
It was quite an experience seeing the telescope that did so much to expand mankind’s knowledge of the cosmos.
The Palomar Observatory is located near Palomar Mountain in the northern part of San Diego County.
A video about the observatory can be seen at http://www.youtube.c...h?v=z3ogtybbO9w and a guided tour video of the 200-inch is available at http://www.youtube.c...h?v=UAsjgKeWCxw
Time-lapse videos of the 2010 Perseids shot at the observatory and the re-aluminizing of the 200-inch mirror in 2005 are posted at http://www.youtube.c...feature=related and http://www.youtube.c...&feature=fvwrel respectively.
Histories of the Palomar Observatory can be found at http://www.astro.cal...ar/history.html and http://www.sandiegoh...all/palomar.htm
The following are some of the photos that I took during our visit.
Palomar Mountain, California