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Palomar Observatory (200" Hale Telescope)

The @stro object for the week of 11/01/1999

image of Palomar Observatory

image courtesy of Caltech/Palomar Observatory

Palomar Observatory. This observatory is so named for the mountain on which it is built and it is a conglomeration of several telescopes and scientific instruments and is managed by Caltech. The telescope that gets the most press is the 200 inch Hale Telescope. Commissioned in 1928 the 200" saw "first light" in 1948. The 200" mirror weighs 14.5 tons and is still one of the largest in the world. Since its inception the observatory has been instrumental in astronomy and has gotten new life through efforts to modernize its instruments with CCD and "adaptive optics" technologies.

Current physical information for Palomar Observatory:
Location: Palomar Mountain, San Diego County, USA
Visitor's Hours: 9a - 4:30p daily

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