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Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain

Categories: Observatories, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 100 reviews on the web
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  • My wife and I visited Palomar Observatory and really enjoyed ourselves. We took the tour and am glad we did. The guide not only went over Palomar's science and current usage, but also spent a lot of t...  read more »
  • The history of the Palomar Observatory is really interesting, and had done a huge amount for astronomy over the past 50+ years. It is too bad that the light pollution from San Diego and LA is affectin...  read more »
  • The actual site is quite small and a relatively quick trip. The museum is interesting, and the observatory is impressive. The tour was not available when we visited, so there wasn't a huge amount to s...  read more »
  • I've never seen anything bigger than amateur telescope before, so this "giant" with 5 meter mirror impressed me a lot. The story behind it was even more impressive (many thanks to our guide Kent for telling it). Of course, you can read it on wikipedia, but if you can, I would strongly suggest to go and see/hear it in person.
  • 3 hour drive from where I live and well worth every minute of it. Expected to pay a fee but I, it was free. Just walk in and explores the observatory.
  • We have been planning a trip to the Observatory for weeks, this so as to correlate busy weekday AND weekend works schedule, and the schedules of my children, with Palomar's published hours of operation. Then this morning as we awake to go, I find the Observatory has suddenly closed for a "private event". To say my family is disappointed would be a gross understatement; particularly when my children at the age when the influence of Palomar could be instrumental in helping to shape their future views on space exploration, science, and astronomy. Palomar's ad hoc method of Observatory availability speaks to the same malignant disinterest Palomar administrators lament relative to public lack of interest in all things scientific. Nice work Palomar; for in losing sight of the real priority for your presence, you have become embematic of the problem; and in so doing, Palomar effectively abrogates any claim to fueling a solution to culture‚Äôs indifference to science. Perhaps my children would be better served to consider how the Hale might be useful as a vanity mirror in the offices of Caltech's Dean of Students; as now it is useless to them as a relation of science, exploration, and wonder.
  • Love this place. Great picnic grounds and it's always fun to see the visitors center and the Hale telescope. If time permits, take the tour.
  • The 200 inch telescope at Palomar Observatory is truly a national treasure for the astronomical world. It is an amazing mechanism for viewing the solar system and beyond. My family has always been amazed at how wonderful this telescope is and the exciting breakthroughs in the world of astronomy that it has brought.
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