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#76 herrointment

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

I was semi-obsessed with this beautiful machine in my childhood.

Thank you for the tour I've always wanted to take!!!

The dome is perfection exemplified.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

Your visit sounds extremely similar to mine a couple of years back. I even have most of the same photos! The roads up to Mt Palomar and Mt Wilson are NOTHING compared to the highway up to Mt Hamilton (Lick Observatory). THAT is one scary road :)

Thanks for sharing, Dave - brings back fond memories!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:44 AM

Dave, yet another thank you for such a marvelous tour of a fantastic Observatory! For those of us that will never be able to see them ourselves; your photo tours have been a wonderful experience for us!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:10 AM

Dave, Thanks for that wonderful show. A big hit of nostalgia for me since I was raised in Oceanside and our schools would often offer field trips to Palomar---that would have been in the 1950s. It certainly kindled my interest in the skies, but my little cardboard refractor suffered a bit in comparison. :)

Enjoy the night sky.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

Thanks for your time in the posting of these observatories Dave.
Job well done.
Thanks Dave.
Mike.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post these three trip reports. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. Got to get there someday.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:15 PM

Thanks Dave for another great trip report!
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.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

Great report! Have you visited before? If not, I would bet that this was a 'bucket list' item, right? :grin:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

Wonderful post Dave! Thanks a bunch for sharing your trip and photos of Mt. Palomar Observatory with the rest of us.

Gary

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

Good stuff, Dave! Thanks for posting all the pictures.

David

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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? :grin:


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.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:48 AM

Yes Yes! I used to go up here frequently during my 3 year stay at Camp Pendleton. I miss the old South West....even got caught in a snow storm up there once. Had to follow the plow truck down :)

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Wonderful report. Thanks!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

Great pictures Dave! ….and I’m glad to see that you had a Stellafane shirt on!

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.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

Great report, really enjoyed it, Thanks

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

Great pictures !! Thanks!

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

Again, thanks Dave, great report, enjoyed the photos like I was actually there.

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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?"


Mike,

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.

Dave Mitsky






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