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My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory
      #5507904 - 11/07/12 04:37 AM Attachment (75 downloads)

My wife and I took a trip to California last month. While we were on the left coast, we visited three famous observatories, one of which was the Mt. Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Pasadena.

http://www.mtwilson.edu/

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vis/map.pdf

I've posted an album of photographs that I took at Mt. Wilson on October 5th on my Facebook page.

I'm posting some of the pictures here.

Dave Mitsky

The drive up Mt. Wilson


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507906 - 11/07/12 04:38 AM Attachment (68 downloads)

Mt. Wilson Observatory Skyline Park

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      #5507907 - 11/07/12 04:39 AM Attachment (54 downloads)

The television transmitters and towers of the Mount Wilson Electronics Reservation

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      #5507908 - 11/07/12 04:42 AM Attachment (48 downloads)

The Cosmic Cafe

http://www.mtwilson.edu/cafe.php

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cosmic-Cafe-at-Mt-Wilson-Observatory/129955...


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507909 - 11/07/12 04:43 AM Attachment (38 downloads)

Tours are available on the weekends

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507910 - 11/07/12 04:44 AM Attachment (43 downloads)

Welcome to Mt. Wilson

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507911 - 11/07/12 04:45 AM Attachment (42 downloads)

The Mt. Wilson Astronomical Museum

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/museum.php


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507913 - 11/07/12 04:49 AM Attachment (41 downloads)

The interior of the museum

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      #5507914 - 11/07/12 04:50 AM Attachment (52 downloads)

That's one big polishing lap

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507915 - 11/07/12 04:53 AM Attachment (65 downloads)

The 100-inch (2.5-meter) Hooker Telescope

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507917 - 11/07/12 04:59 AM Attachment (35 downloads)

The Museum was restored in 1997

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507919 - 11/07/12 05:02 AM Attachment (35 downloads)

Solar telescope placard

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      #5507922 - 11/07/12 05:04 AM Attachment (32 downloads)

The 150-foot solar tower telescope

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/150ft.php


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507923 - 11/07/12 05:05 AM Attachment (44 downloads)

The dome housing the 60-inch (1.5-meter) Hale Telescope

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/60in.php


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507924 - 11/07/12 05:07 AM Attachment (34 downloads)

Optical configurations of the 60-inch scope

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      #5507925 - 11/07/12 05:21 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

The CHARA Interferometric Array

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/CHARA.php


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507926 - 11/07/12 05:23 AM Attachment (32 downloads)

You are here

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507929 - 11/07/12 05:25 AM Attachment (46 downloads)

My wife and the dome housing the 100-inch Hooker Telescope

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      #5507931 - 11/07/12 05:27 AM Attachment (39 downloads)

The 100-inch Hooker Telescope as seen from the Visitors Gallery

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/100in.php


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507933 - 11/07/12 05:30 AM Attachment (49 downloads)

The observing chair

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507934 - 11/07/12 05:32 AM Attachment (37 downloads)

That looks just like a 127mm Explore Scientific refractor

http://www.mtwilson.edu/100inObs.php


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507935 - 11/07/12 05:35 AM Attachment (30 downloads)

Close-up of the 100-inch reflector

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5507938 - 11/07/12 05:36 AM Attachment (32 downloads)

Yours truly

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      #5507940 - 11/07/12 05:38 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Plaque honoring Dr. Robert Jastrow

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/science/space/12jastrow.html


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      #5507941 - 11/07/12 05:39 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

The Michelson 20-foot optical interferometer inside the CHARA Array exhibit hall

http://www.mtwilson.edu/vir/100/20fti/

http://www.iram.fr/IRAMFR/IS/IS2002/html_2/node27.html


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      #5507946 - 11/07/12 05:47 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

Licence plate in the window of the CHARA Array offic

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      #5507947 - 11/07/12 05:48 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

The CHARA Array Optical Path Length Compensation Facility (that's quite a mouthful)

http://www.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA/


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      #5507948 - 11/07/12 05:49 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

The "Bridge to the Stars" from the 100-inch end and CHARA Array light pipes (far right)

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      #5507949 - 11/07/12 05:51 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

Signs, signs...

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      #5507952 - 11/07/12 05:54 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

The 150-foot and 60-foot solar tower telescopes from the far end of the parking lot

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      #5507954 - 11/07/12 05:59 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

Wildlife on the trip down the mountain

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5508276 - 11/07/12 12:03 PM

Thank you for the enjoyable tour.

And, thank you very much for sizing your images to where they could be enjoyed by those of us stuck with dial-up.


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: EddWen]
      #5509118 - 11/07/12 10:14 PM

Good stuff, Dave!

David


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5509977 - 11/08/12 01:30 PM

Thank you for the vacation tour, Dave!

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: star drop]
      #5510125 - 11/08/12 03:19 PM

Great pics and thanks for sharing. Ive been thinking of taking my g/f up to the mountains for her b-day and figured Id try to get a tour in as well.

I know they wont want me setting up in their parking lot, but Im hoping to find somewhere in the surrounding area to spend some time.


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5510200 - 11/08/12 04:18 PM

Cool post, thanks Dave.

What is really cool is: this is where Edwin Hubble performed the observations that led to the discovery of galaxies and that they are expanding (red shift)further out into the universe. A very historic location.

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: bob irvin]
      #5510224 - 11/08/12 04:39 PM

That was fun! Thanks for sharing, Dave!

When I looked at the 100-inch photos, I had a strange sense of Deja Vu. Then I remembered, that is the telescope featured in one of the episodes of COSMOS.


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5510766 - 11/08/12 10:57 PM

Enjoyed the tour, thanks for sharing!

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: MDB]
      #5511164 - 11/09/12 08:09 AM

Excellent pix, Dave, thanks for taking us along!

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: rick rian]
      #5511186 - 11/09/12 08:22 AM

Thanks for the tour and the great pics, Dave, that was fun!

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #5511309 - 11/09/12 09:43 AM

Great stuff, Dave! Thank you for sharing.

Cheers...Eric


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: GatorStarGazer]
      #5514061 - 11/11/12 07:59 AM

Thanks for this. What a great trip it must have been!

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #5515743 - 11/12/12 10:40 AM

Been many years since I've been to Mt. Wilson. I'll have to check it out at some point.

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #5519341 - 11/14/12 10:52 AM

I really enjoy photos from trips to observatories. Hope you post more from the other ones you visited. Thanks very much.

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Fox1971]
      #5554333 - 12/04/12 05:40 PM

I've posted some photographs of my two visits to the Griffith Observatory at http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5551437/page...

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5554391 - 12/04/12 06:25 PM

Dave your photo journey to both Observatories are greatly appreciated!

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5554423 - 12/04/12 06:40 PM

Good stuff....no ...great stuff Dave.
You make it hard to be snarky Dave, really good .


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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: wirebender]
      #5555873 - 12/05/12 03:35 PM

Thank you for taking the time to record and post these visit's. look's like it was a great Vacation.

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Tim Gilliland]
      #5584047 - 12/22/12 12:53 PM

You're welcome.

Information on observing with the 60" Hale telescope is available at http://www.mtwilson.edu/60in.php

Technical information on observing with the 60" can be found at http://www.mtwilson.edu/60-inch/AdvancedAmateurInfo.pdf

The cost is only $900 for half a night and $1700 for a full night.

My visit to the Palomar Observatory is chronicled at http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5555014/page...

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5584439 - 12/22/12 05:56 PM

Looks like a neat place to visit. Thank you for sharing

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Re: My Visit to the Mt. Wilson Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5639984 - 01/24/13 03:20 AM

Quote:

That looks just like a 127mm Explore Scientific refractor

http://www.mtwilson.edu/100inObs.php




As it turns out, the refractor is indeed an 127mm Explore Scientific refractor, an Explore Scientific ED127 Air-Spaced Triplet.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=549286111750004&set=a.101846919827...

Dave Mitsky


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