Membership Types

Friends of Lick Observatory offers membership levels to suit everyone. See below or download a pdf table of membership types and benefits. Memberships are for one year. Benefits are subject to change or substitution without notice.

Celestial Circle

Student/Senior (65 & older): $30
Individual: $50
Family (2 Adults & Children under 18): $75

Nebula Circle: $150

Galaxy Circle: $500

Supernova Circle: $1000

Quasar Circle: $2500

James Lick Society: $5000


*certain restrictions apply and you must present your Friends of Lick Observatory membership card

To our community of friends:

Wishing you a very happy new year! Thank you for all of your dedication and support throughout 2014. We hope 2015 will be a year filled with joy, prosperity and light for you and your loved ones.

- Lick Observatory staff

Friends of Lick Observatory

The Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) supports Lick through fund-raising and community outreach. FoLO also offers members many opportunities to participate in the Lick community and enjoy special connections with the telescopes, scientists, and science programs.

Join or Renew Friends of Lick Observatory

The Board of Directors for FoLO is the Lick Observatory Council. The Council is composed of scientists, business entrepreneurs, and long-time observatory supporters and is dedicated to ensuring a long-term healthy future for Lick.

FoLO donations are helping Lick to do things like:

  • Preserve the treasure-trove of artifacts and archives in the Lick Historical Collections
  • Install a self-guided summit tour on Mt. Hamilton emphasizing the history and accomplishments of Lick astronomers.
  • Launch the Saturday Stars program to enable visitors to view through the Great Refractor and compare data the same objects with the CCD camera on the Nickel 40-inch
  • Host the annual Shane Observational Astronomy workshop for UC graduate students.
  • Build a revolutionary new CCD detector for the Kast Spectrograph on the Shane 120-inch telescope

We are seeking larger gifts to enable projects like:

  • Discovery of earth-like planets using the new Automated Planet-Finder telescope
  • Construction of the next-generation Shane Adaptive Optics system, which is developing technologies to enable ground-based telescopes to see much sharper than the Hubble Space Telecope.
  • Major refurbishments to the historic 36-inch Great Refractor.

Since its founding, Lick Observatory has enjoyed the good will of individuals who are inspired by the prospect of observing the cosmos. From Mr. Lick himself, through the wealthy philanthropists who funded the Lick eclipse expeditions that verified Einstein's theory of general relativity, to the current Lick Volunteers who introduce Mt. Hamilton annually to the public, these friends have been an indispensable part of Lick's continuing success.

Lick Observatory's future depends on the excellence of its science and its dedicated community of friends, like you!

Please give!

Join or Renew Friends of Lick Observatory

If you prefer to mail in your membership, you can click here to download a printable membership form.

Questions about Membership? Contact Paula Towle,, 831-459-2991