200" is the actual diameter of the mirror in the telescope, the structure it is housed in (the dome) is more like 100+' in diameter. When you arrive at the entrance to the dome for the first time, it has the awsome feel of entering an inter-galactic temple. There is a public observing area open during daylight hours where you can view the inner workings of the observatory but otherwise access is limited to Cal Tech folks and other astronomers. I have had the pleasure of watching technicians handle different tasks like opening the dome and adjusting the telescope, (which is massive) There are other domes as well, especially fascinating is how they are coordinated for different events. The trip up the mountain alone is worth the destination, spectacular views await you, and you can rest and dine in Palomar Village. Camping, and hiking at 5600 fasl will leave you exhillerated. A must visit when you are in the San Diego/Riverside County region!
but, how do you get black sky?
Outstanding photo!!! Great composition. It's been a few years since I was at Palomar, it's a great side trip.
Definitely need to pay visit.
Wow Jeff you turned the dome into a work of art. Very nice and a nice job with the b&w conversion!
Love the slightly grainy aspect of the picture. There is nothing like B&W to give this kind of impression of "out from this world" which is fitting this site perfectly.
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