Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The View from on High (Point)

Here's a view looking down at the observatory from High Point, the highest elevation on Palomar Mountain. Click on the image for a higher resolution view. From left to right is the Oscar Mayer Building which houses the 60-inch telescope; the dome for the 18-inch Schmidt 's dome (partially blocked by trees); the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Schmidt Telescope's dome; the 200-inch Hale Telescope's dome; Utility Hill with the gray "cow barn" (no cows, just storage), 1,000,000-gallon water tank, and water tower; behind and just left of the water tower is the dome for the 24-inch telescope; on the right is the observatory's visitor center. The Palomar Testbed Interferometer is completely hidden by the large grove of trees in front of the Hale Telescope dome.

Please note that the 6,142 foot peak of High Point is not accessible from the observatory.

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