At the cutting edge of astronomy since 1888.
Lick Observatory is owned and operated by the University of California. It is a major site in the University of California Observatories (UCO), which is responsible for its operations. Since 1888, Lick has provided UC astronomers with access to world-leading optical-infrared observing equipment.
Lick serves astronomers from all eight UC astronomy campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, and Riverside) and two national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore Lab). Lick users range in age from undergraduates to the most senior and eminent astronomers in the University of California. At any given time, over 100 observers are pursuing science programs. Lick Observatory also serves as UC's chief testbed for developing new instruments and new technologies for optical astronomy.
The "Observer Information" pages at left are intended for UC astronomers using the telescopes for research.