SJAA Tours Lick Observatory

SJAA Tour and Fund Raiser for Lick Observatory

As many of you know, our nearby Lick Observatory has been threatened with closure due to lack of funds in the UC system. Therefore, SJAA has arranged a private Tour of Lick Observatory for 30 generous members.

SJAA Members (and immediate family) only until May 3rd (then open to friends and public). Limited to just 30 visitors for good eyepiece viewing time.

DATE: Friday, May 13th, 2016
TIME: 6:30pm at the Lick Visitors Center
PLACE: 7281 Mt. Hamilton Road, Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140
COST: $50 per person

Allow 1 hour from downtown San Jose to drive the winding road from either the Alum Rock/Mount Hamilton Road junction or the Capitol Expressway/Quimby Road junction.

Parking is against the building away from the guard rail, facing west to avoid giving the general public the impression that the facility is open.

Tours are 5 to 6 hours, but families with children can leave at anytime.

Our visit will include a presentation in the Lecture Hall about the history of James Lick Observatory (first opened in 1888), a tour of the facility including seeing the 120-inch reflecting telescope (the main research instrument), and viewing astronomical objects through the 36-inch refractor telescope.

Bring layers of warm clothes such as hats, gloves, jackets, and scarves as needed. It can get very cold late at night. Only coffee will be provided after the walking tour, so eat before your arrival, and bring your own snacks and other drinks. The Gift Shop will be open early for purchase of photos, posters, booklets, t-shirts, etc.


After you sign up using this form, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to pay, either with PayPal or by personal check.

Sorry, no refunds. If you can’t make it, you are responsible for finding someone to take your spot. We MAY have a waiting list. Contact Bill ONeil via astro-dot-bill-dot-o at gmail dot com.

Thank you for supporting Lick Observatory!