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The Great 36 inch Refractor at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton by Ron Hipschman

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Ron Hipschman Ron Hipschman
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1.65 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 23, 2009
Date taken
Oct 08, 2009

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This is the Great 36-inch Refractor at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. This telescope was completed in 1888 with a $700,000 donation by James Lick and was, at the time, the largest telescope in the world. James Lick is entombed at the base of the telescope. A fitting monument to him.

The observatory has graciously allowed the Exploratorium to use this wonderful instrument for several webcasts. Here we are webcasting the impact of NASA's LCROSS spacecraft into the moon on October 9th, 2009.

To watch the LCROSS webcast, go Here:
www.exploratorium.edu/webcasts/archive.php?searchtext=lcross&cmd=search&submit.x=0&submit.y=0 Will open in a new tab or window
For more information about this telescope, see the Observatory website at www.ucolick.org/public/telescopes/36-inch.html Will open in a new tab or window

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  1. Dave Belcher

    Dave Belcher (October 23, 2009, 08:40PM )

    Outstanding! I visited here many years ago.

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Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-10-09 00:34:32 - 2009-10-09 01:04:39
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Computer stats: 6144 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 25:32 (0:05 per picture)
Alignment: 7:36, Projection: 2:42, Blending: 15:13

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