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Lick Observatory at night
  • Photographers enjoying a spectecular sunset at #PhotoNight on September 30th, 2017. Photo by (c) Michael Coustier.

Photography Nights at Lick Observatory

 

At the summit of Mt. Hamilton, above the city of San Jose, we have spectacular views of the night sky. Due to Lick Observatory's popularity with photographers, we are organizing ten photography events this year.

Photography Night dates in 2019:

  • Wednesday, May 8th (gates open at 7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, May 22nd (gates open at 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, June 12th (gates open at 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, June 26th (gates open at 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, July 10th (gates open at 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, July 24th (gates open at 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, August 7th (gates open at 7:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, August 21st (gates open at 7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, September 18th (gates open at 6:30 pm)
  • Saturday, September 28th (gates open at 6:00 pm) SOLD OUT

We will open up the main building after normal visiting hours for photographers and their equipment. We will have the 36-inch Great Refractor telescope in a photogenic position, with the dome open, weather permitting. (Note: viewings or taking pictures through the telescope will not be offered at this event.) Photographers will also be able to set up their camera equipment in the parking lot in order to capture the exterior of the main building, the San Jose city lights, and stars in the night sky.


Tickets

Admission fee: $ 60.00 per vehicle (one ticket per vehicle, 4 people maximum per vehicle)
www.ucsctickets.com

We have space for a maximum of 30 vehicles, up to four people per vehicle / ticket (buses and RVs are not permitted to the Photography Night). In the event of poor weather, registrants will be notified of event cancellation via e-mail on the day of the event, and your tickets will be refunded. Please subscribe to our photography events mailing list (see below) in order to receive the pre-sale link and access code to purchase a ticket.


Need inspiration for what to shoot?
Check out the Lick Observatory Flickr collection and Instagram feed for ideas.


Driving to Lick Observatory
Allow a one hour drive from San Jose. Please drive carefully; the road is scenic, but winding. There are no gas or automotive services on Mount Hamilton Road, so please plan accordingly. Find more travel information here.


Schedule for May 8th, 2019

7:00 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:00 - 9:00 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:09 pm Sunset
8:30 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:05 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
9:42 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
11:30 pm Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
12:13 am Moon sets (waxing crescent)
12:30 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)

Schedule for May 22nd, 2019

7:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:30 - 9:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:21 pm Sunset
9:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:20 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
10:00 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
11:53 am Moon rises (waning gibbous)
12:00 am Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
1:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)

Schedule for June 12th, 2019

7:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:30 - 9:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:35 pm Sunset
9:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:37 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
10:20 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
12:00 am Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
1:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)
3:35 am Moon sets (waxing gibbous)

Schedule for June 26th, 2019

7:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:30 - 9:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:39 pm Sunset
9:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:41 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
10:25 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
12:00 am Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
1:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)
2:12 am Moon rises (waning crescent)

Schedule for July 10th, 2019

7:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:30 - 9:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:37 pm Sunset
9:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:38 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
10:20 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
12:00 am Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
1:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)
2:11 am Moon sets (waxing gibbous)

Schedule for July 24th, 2019

7:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:30 - 9:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:29 pm Sunset
9:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:28 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
10:07 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
12:00 am Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
12:41 am Moon rises (waning crescent)
1:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)

Schedule for August 7th, 2019

7:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:30 - 9:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
8:16 pm Sunset
9:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
9:12 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
9:49 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
12:00 am Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
12:48 am Moon sets (first quarter)
1:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)

Schedule for August 21st, 2019

7:00 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
7:00 - 9:00 pm    Gift Shop is open
7:59 pm Sunset
8:30 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
8:52 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
9:27 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
11:12 pm Moon rises (waning gibbous)
11:30 pm Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
12:30 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)

Schedule for September 18th, 2019

6:30 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
6:30 - 8:30 pm    Gift Shop is open
7:18 pm Sunset
8:00 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
8:08 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
8:39 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
9:45 pm Moon rises (waning gibbous)
11:00 pm Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
12:00 am Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)

Schedule for September 28th, 2019

6:00 pm Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
6:00 - 8:00 pm    Gift Shop is open
7:02 pm Sunset
7:20 pm Moon sets (new moon)
7:30 pm Gates close - all photographers must have arrived by this time
7:52 pm 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
8:23 pm 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
10:30 pm Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
11:30 pm Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)


Join the Photography Events Mailing List

If you'd like to receive information about Photography Nights at Lick Observatory, please join our Photography Events mailing list. Subscribers of this list will receive the pre-sale link and pre-sale access code to purchase a ticket about one month prior to the respective event.

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