At the summit of Mount Hamilton, above the city of San Jose, we have spectacular views of the night sky.
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 or taking pictures through the telescope will not be offered at this event.) Photographers will also be able to set up their camera and/or astrophotography 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.
Event time line for September 24th, 2022:
6:30 pm: Gates open for event: sunset photography, 36-inch Refractor dome open
6:30-7:30 pm: Gift Shop is open
6:55 pm: Moon set (new moon)
7:09 pm: Sunset
7:58 pm: 12 degree twilight (nautical twilight)
8:00 pm: Gates close – all photographers must have arrived by this time
8:29 pm: 18 degree twilight (astronomical twilight)
11:00 pm: Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome will close
12:00 am: Photography event ends (post office lobby will remain open for access to restrooms and vending machines)
Admission: $75.00/ticket (one ticket per vehicle, 4 people maximum per vehicle)
NOTE: EACH TICKET ADMITS ONE VEHICLE (NO RVs OR BUSES) WITH A MAXIMUM OF FOUR PASSENGERS. LIMIT OF ONE TICKET PER CUSTOMER. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE EVENT.
This event will have the following COVID-19 safety protocols, by purchasing a ticket, you agree to abide by these protocols:
1. Wearing a face mask while indoors at Lick Observatory is recommended.
2. Guests must fill out our UC Santa Cruz COVID Daily Symptom Check either online before arrival at the observatory or via a paper form upon arrival and before the start of the event. Ticket purchasers will receive information regarding this COVID-19 requirement in a separate communication prior to the event.
3. Attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours.
Event will be held weather permitting. No refunds, returns or exchanges on purchased tickets, unless the event is cancelled due to weather or road closure. Ticket holders will be notified of event cancellation via email by 3:00pm the day of event.
Please allow one hour drive from San Jose. Driving directions and parking information can be found here.
There is no food available at the observatory other than snack and beverage vending machines.
It can be surprisingly cool and windy on top of Mt. Hamilton at any time of year, so please dress accordingly and plan to bring layers.
There is no gas at the observatory, be sure to have enough fuel before heading up Mt. Hamilton.
More Information: Visit us online here for more details or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of (c) Michael Coustier.