My Visit to the Palomar Observatory
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:17 AM
Thank you for the tour I've always wanted to take!!!
The dome is perfection exemplified.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:25 AM
Thanks for sharing, Dave - brings back fond memories!
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:44 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:10 AM
Enjoy the night sky.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:30 PM
Job well done.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:33 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:15 PM
My first exposure to the mighty 200 inch Hale telescope was in the mid 1950's, first grade and the 'Weekly Reader' and it's as awe inspiring today as it was then.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:08 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:30 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:03 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:18 PM
Great report! Have you visited before? If not, I would bet that this was a 'bucket list' item, right?
Thanks. It was my first visit to the observatory. I hadn't been to California for many years. My brother and I were thinking about stopping at Palomar on the way back from Ensenada, Mexico, back in the 1980s but we ran out of time.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:48 AM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:46 PM
When I visited, about 8 years ago, they were painting over the rust on the 200-inch. A week or so later at Stellafane I sat “under the tent” in the rain for the main talk which was about the connection between the two places (mostly Porter).
After the scope was completed, but before fully commissioned, RW Porter and a small group of astronomers and engineers actually used the scope visually for a night, and that was back when they had dark skies. They describe M-13 as looking like the contents of a spilled sugar bowl.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:21 PM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:05 PM
Thanks, Dave. I made the same trek in 2010. Your excellent trip report brought back memories of that trip. Wouldn't it be cool if you got to go "behind the glass?"
I missed out on an opportunity to have private tours of Mt. Wilson and Palomar and an observing session with the 60" telescope at Mt. Wilson back in 1997 when the Antique Telescope Society held its yearly convention in Pasadena. Had I learned of the trip a bit earlier I would have been able to attend.