Due to a problem with the our water system, the Observatory is closed to the public.

About Palomar

Mission

Operational Telescopes

From top to bottom, the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope, the 48-inch (1.2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope, and the 60-inch (1.5-meter) telescope. (Palomar/Caltech)

More on the Palomar telescopes, in particular the Hale Telescope, on our full website.

Hale Telescope

Decommissioned Telescopes

Visiting Palomar

Due to a problem with the our water system, the Observatory is closed to the public.

Hours

Public Areas

Map of the Observatory showing the location of areas accessible to visitors. (Palomar/Caltech)

A virtual tour of the public areas is available on our full website.

Virtual tour

Before You Drive

On the Observatory Grounds

For Mobility-Impaired Visitors

Paved path that leads from the parking lot to the Hale Telescope dome. To the right, the Visitor Center's access ramp. (Palomar/Caltech)

Steps to the Visitors Gallery inside the Hale Telescope dome. (Palomar/Caltech)

Driving Directions

Find in Google Maps

Please be aware that some on-line and GPS programs can give incorrect directions to Palomar Observatory. We recommend consulting the Google Maps link given above.

Road Maps

Map of Southern California and Palomar Observatory. (Palomar/Caltech)

From Los Angeles or San Diego

From Palm Springs

On Arrival

Important Notes

From the Los Angeles area3 hours
From downtown San Diego 2 hours
From Escondido1 hour
From Temecula1 hour

Current Road Conditions

Tours

Due to a problem with the our water system, the Observatory is closed to the public.

 The following options are available to Palomar Observatory visitors:

Self-Guided Tours

Most Palomar visitors will tour the accessible areas (see Visiting Palomar) on their own. To facilitate self-guided tours please listen to the mp3 tour podcast.

Tour podcast (9.2 Mb)

Public Guided Tours (Apr – Oct)

Educational Tours (Year-Round)

Presentations (Year-Round)

Important Notes

More on our full site