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Photography Night at Lick Observatory

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.


At the summit of Mt. Hamilton, above the city of San Jose, we have spectacular views of the night sky. Due to Lick's popularity with photographers, we're organizing our first-ever photography event.

We will open up the main building after normal visiting hours for photographers and their equipment. We will have the 36-inch Great Refractor telescope in a photogenic position, with the dome open, weather permitting. (Note: viewings through the telescope will not be offered at this event.) Photographers will also be able to set up their camera equipment in the parking lot in order to capture the exterior of the main building, the San Jose city lights and stars in the night sky.

6:00 p.m. Gates open for event, 36-inch Refractor dome open for photography
6:55 p.m. Sunset
7:30 p.m. Gates close - all photographers must arrive by this time
7:44 p.m. 12 degree twilight
8:15 p.m. 18 degree twilight
11:00 p.m. Main building and 36-inch Refractor dome closes
11:20 p.m. Moonrise, close to 3rd quarter
1:00 a.m. Event ends

The Gift Shop will also be open from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. After the main building closes at 11:00 p.m., the post office lobby will remain open for access to the bathrooms, water fountain, and the vending machines.

Need inspiration for what to shoot?
Check out the Lick Observatory Flickr collection and Instagram feed for ideas.

Driving to Lick Observatory
Allow a one hour drive from San Jose. Please drive carefully; the road is scenic, but winding. There are no gas or automotive services on Mount Hamilton Road, so please plan accordingly. Find more travel information here.


Event Registration

Admission fee: $20 per vehicle
Registration for this event is now closed.

We have space for a maximum of 30 vehicles, four people per vehicle. No admission fees will be collected until the night of the event; cash or check must be paid at the gate for event access. In the event of poor weather, registrants will be notified of event cancellation via e-mail on October 3 by 2:00 p.m.


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