Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

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  • Historical site to watch the starry sky. Seismograph that records earthquake in modern times. Pretty hard and winding road to get there, but worth a visit.
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  • I just came back from an afternoon at Lick Observatory. The trip to the observatory is very scenic and off he beaten path. You can take either Alum Rock or Capital Expressway east off of 101 to access...  more »
  • I was really impressed with Lick Observatory, so close to San Jose, and yet it felt miles away from anywhere. The journey itself involves a 3,500 ft elevation, so the car journey is really quite stunn...  more »
  • Love this observatory. Good spot to spend the weekend. You can get a good view of the city from the top - so make sure you pack your binoculars when you go up there. They have a free tour of the old Lick telescope that arranged by the staff at the gift shop inside. The tours are at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 Thursday to Sunday. During the tour they take you up close to the telescope and have a story about it's history and also give you a chance to walk around the telescope. Then you can walk up to the Shane Observatory which is like a half a mile hike from here. The road up to hills are windy and will be fun to drive up there.
  • We met the San Jose Indian Motorcycle Riders Group here for a tour and really enjoyed the facilities, the history, the science, the spring water, and wish to thank Joe for taking time to give us all a decent behind-the-scenes look at this fantastic place. All Californians should make a point to visit here and see some great usage of our tax dollars.
  • Situated on top of Mount Hamilton is the Lick observatory. I must say what a beautiful place this is! Standing there you have an unobstructed view of the South bay, and on a good nite you can actually see the Milky Way! Granted the drive is a little hard given all the turns, but once you are there amazingly rewarded!
  • It was excellent!! Their astronomers and staff did everything possible to make our visit superb! I especially compliment Dr. Elinor Gates and her staff of Telescope Operators to ensure that we saw extreme closeups of the Moon (2 km limits) in the historic 36" refractor and Jupiter's Red Spot in the 40" reflector. It was a VERY special evening!!!!
  • Fantastic views. It was a great place for me to nerd out and have a great day. I wish I could have been there during a viewing session to look through the telescope.

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