Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain

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  • Went to see more about this giant telescope. The road up to the observatory is quite windy so make sure to take your time going up. The view on the way up is spectacular. The park has strict closing h...  more »
  • It makes me proud and happy of having visited it. It was in my bucket list. The mountain is gorgeous, the air clear and pristine (unbelievable in Southern California!). The dome is huge. Parking is am...  more »
  • The road up the mountain to the observatory was a very nice drive. The walk to the observatory was not too far and make sure to read the signs about the rattle snakes. There are steps up to the restro...  more »
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  • Nice quick visit. Great history here if into space and astronomy. Visitor center is nice with great information. Nice quick drive up from San Diego. A very scenic and very windy with a ton of curves. Pay attention heading up. Lots of small animals to see as well. You won't spend the whole day here but an early day visit is worth it.
  • amazing piece of engineering and the stories behind it. What the scientific community has been able to discover and continue to discover using this observatory is truly inspirational. The tour is highly recommended. The gift shop has the normal items and some unusual ones as well. Bathroom facilities are available in the gift shop building and the observatory. Note well: there are no concessions. Take enough water and if staying longer, a lunch. If also hiking, keep in mind that the parking lot gets locked up at 4pm.
  • Good for a family outing. Lots to learn about the history of the facility. I learned that Albert Einstein would go there and on nights with clouds he would play pool. It gets colder up there so bring a jacket.
  • Couldn't get into one of their tours of the site which was disappointing. But it was a beautiful drive up and had a pleasant walk around the observatory I suggest you take the tour if not it's not worth going
  • Top marks as long as you attend a tour. Otherwise you will miss so much of the interesting aspects of this working telescope.

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