2015年8月17日月曜日

Visited Lick Observatory

I visited the Lick Observatory this Friday. It is an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California on the summit of Mount Hamilton.

While larger telescopes in Hawaii has a large queue for researchers using it, Lick is an excellent facility for researchers to have greater access, and Google is one of their sponsors :)

36-inch (91-centimeter) Refactor telescope

Pictures of the 36-inch telescope before turning off the light.

With this telescope, we watched M13 and Ring Nebula.

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Pictures from earlier in the evening:

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

View of the dome from outside.

Lick Observatory

Pictures after turning off the light.

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

40-inch Nickel Telescope

This is 40-inch Nickel Telescope, with which we were able to see the NGC 6543m the Cat's Eye nebula.

Lick Observatory


Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

The talks

Astrophysicist professor Alex Filippenko gave us a Science Talk!

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

I also joined the history talk by Ron Bricmont, where we were able to learn about the history of the observatory and James Lick.

Amazing views

Beautiful sunset view from the observatory.

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Beautiful night view.

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Beautiful panoramic view of the valley.

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Pictures I took while climbing Mount Hamilton- we saw lots of deers, squirrels, turkeys, birds etc.

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Amateur Astronomer Telescopes

Many amateur astronomer showed us various stars with their telescopes. Even during this brightness, we were able to see the Saturn!

After sunset, the sky was so clear and we had the best condition to view the stars, that we felt like the stars are falling on us. It was new moon so excellent condition, and we were able to see lots of shooting stars due to the Perseid Meteor Shower. It was amazing!

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

Further reading:

Hand-book of the Lick Observatory of the University of California by Edward Holden

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki