At the summit of Mt. Hamilton, above the city of San Jose, we have spectacular views of the night sky. Due to Lick's popularity with photographers, we're organizing our first-ever photography event.
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 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.
Gates open for event, 36-inch Refractor dome open for photography
Gates close - all photographers must arrive by this time
12 degree twilight
18 degree twilight
Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome closes
Moonrise, close to 3rd quarter
The Gift Shop will also be open from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. After the main building closes at 11:00 p.m., the post office lobby will remain open for access to the bathrooms, water fountain, and the vending machines.
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.
Admission fee: $20 per vehicle Registration for this event is now closed.
We have space for a maximum of 30 vehicles, four people per vehicle. No admission fees will be collected until the night of the event; cash or check must be paid at the gate for event access. In the event of poor weather, registrants will be notified of event cancellation via e-mail on October 3 by 2:00 p.m.
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Lick Observatory has been at the forefront of astronomical research since 1888.Today, it is an active research facility and a Bay Area icon for visitors.