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My Visit to the Griffith Observatory
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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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The Griffith Observatory from a distance

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/


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The Astronomers Monument - note the sky

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/exhibits/bexterior.html


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

http://messier.seds.org/xtra/Bios/wherschel.html


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Sundial

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The entrance

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

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/exhibits/brotunda.html


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

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/exhibits/bhallofeye.html


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Up on the roof

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F_opWg9_qI


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A Tesla coil

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/exhibits/bhallofeye.html


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The Tesla coil in action

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As sunset approaches

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

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/btelescopes.html


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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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The sign says it all

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

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The Los Angeles skyline

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A large iron meteorite from the Barringer Meteor Crater

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Barringer_Iron_Meteorite.JPG

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/exhibits/bedgeofspace.html


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The Gunther Depths of Space exhibit hall

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The Samuel Oschin Planetarium

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/bsoplanet.html


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