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My Visit to the Palomar Observatory
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My wife and drove from Los Angeles to the Palomar Observatory on October 9th to see the world famous 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope. The switchbacks were fairly bad during part of the drive up the mountain but no worse than on the trip to Mt. Wilson on October 5th.

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.

http://climate101withjason.blogspot.com/2012/10/october-2012-cut-off-low-fina...

It was quite an experience seeing the telescope that did so much to expand mankind’s knowledge of the cosmos.

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/hale.html

The Palomar Observatory is located near Palomar Mountain in the northern part of San Diego County.

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/images/socal.jpg

http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/images/nosdc.jpg

A video about the observatory can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3ogtybbO9w and a guided tour video of the 200-inch is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?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.com/watch?v=HanyOBs60Yc&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZojJ2GBFWE&feature=fvwrel respectively.

Histories of the Palomar Observatory can be found at http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/history.html and http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/98fall/palomar.htm

The following are some of the photos that I took during our visit.

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Palomar Mountain, California


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Approaching the observatory parking lot

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Elevation 5550 feet

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The early bird catches the worm

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Walk, don't bike

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Visitors must be gone by 4:45 p.m.

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On to the museum and the gift shop

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Corning Pyrex

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The museum

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A cutaway model of the 200-inch Hale Telescope

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The model was constructed by none other than Stellafane's Russell Porter

http://stellafane.org/history/early/brieft-history.html


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Picking up some souvenirs at the gift shop

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On to the mighty 200-inch!

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A close-up of the 135-foot-tall dome

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My wife and I met Peter Bishop, a fellow from Australia who was touring the United States

http://peterbsblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/palomar-to-west-coast/


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The happy couple - thanks Peter

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Beware of snakes!

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Nearing the dome

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Climbing the stairs

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A walking stick has the same plans

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