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Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

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  • I drove to Mt Hamilton in the afternoon at the end of a working day. The road is great if you like a winding narrow road. The views are excellent in all directions. Careful with many blind turns. I co...  more »
  • Cruised up on a Sunday morning, end of April. Be sure to check for road closures due to weather. A windy two lane road. You must pay attention for bicycles and motorcycles. Very nice relaxing drive up...  more »
  • This is an old building housing some old pictures and a very old telescope. It's worth the drive up to see the scenery on the way - you can see San Jose on a good day and all the way to The Bay on a c...  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!!!!
  • Awesome views with serene surroundings. Lovely atmosphere on the weekends. Drive up there can be little strenuous but worth a visit. Awesome place to visit if you are in the neighborhood.