2006 Friends of Palomar Observatory Events

November


On Wednesday, November 8 members of the Friends, the general public, and some school kids watched the planet Mercury pass directly in front of the sun. Solar telescopes offered safe views under excellent weather conditions.


October


On Saturday, October 28th Gary Sanders painted an impressive picture of the future Thirty Meter Telescope for a packed house.
Afterwards members enjoyed views through Palomar 60-inch telescope until falling ash from a fire forced closure of the dome.


Saturday, September 30 members of the friends enjoyed a tour of the 200-inch Hale Telescope followed by an evening viewing through the Palomar 60-inch telescope under mostly cloudy skies (they can't all be clear!). The Moon and several double stars were observed.


Saturday, August 12 Caltech Caltech astronomer George Djorgovski gave a talk on sky surveys and described how current and future surveys will turn up some amazing things. Here are some of Dr. Djorgovski's web links:

  • virtualsky.org
  • Us National Virtual Observatory

    Viewing through the Palomar 60-inch telescope was cancelled due to mechanical problems with the telescope.


    Saturday, July 22. Caltech's Antonin Bouchez gave a talk on the Hale Telescope's Adaptive Optics program. He showed off wonderful images that he took using the Keck Telescope's adaptive optics system (like the shot of Uranus above) and the status and future of adaptive optics at Palomar.


    Saturday, July 15. The Friends of Palomar Observatory began a tour of the 200-inch Hale Telescope as a thunderstorm began to threaten the area. By the end of the tour the skies were clearing and everyone was greeted to a beautiful moonless night of observing with the Palomar 60-inch telescope. Many objects were viewed including Jupiter, globular cluster M 13, the Whirlpool Galaxy (M 51), the Swan Nebula (m 17), the Wild Duck Cluster (M 11), the Ring Nebula (M 57) and more!


    Saturday, June 3. The Friends of Palomar Observatory took at tour of the 200-inch Hale Telescope and then enjoyed an evening viewing through the Palomar 60-inch telescope. Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon and other objects were viewed.


    The Palomar 60-inch telescope slews over to point at the Moon

    Saturday, May 13. The Friends of Palomar Observatory took at tour of the 200-inch Hale Telescope and then enjoyed an evening viewing through the Palomar 60-inch telescope under excellent skies. Saturn and Jupiter were among the many objects viewed.

    This infrared image of Jupiter was taken with the 200-inch Hale Telescope the same evening.


    Sunday, May 7 from 1 3 pm: The Friends of Palomar Observatory took at tour of the Mt. Wilson Observatory.


    Mike Simmons (center) of the Mount Wilson Observatory Association explains Mt. Wilson's 100-inch Hooker Telescope. Photo by Don Nicholson.

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