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    They sure have a lot of little domes in the area too. If you get the chance, can you find out whether all the other 'little' domes are being used regularly and by whom?
    Last night hubby and i were supposed to go to Palomar Mountain to look through the 60inch scope but the event got canceled due to bad weather. siiiighhh.... it was basically a once in a lifetime opportunity as the scope had only THAT one particular time slot ever, to be used by the docents of Palomar. Siighh... Hubby was sulking all night. Looks like we might have to make a trip to Mount Wilson some day to look through their 60inch scope. It is past LA and close to JPL (Jet Propulsion Labs) which means 2.5hrs drive for us.

    Naka... in that last picture, what are those spider-looking things on the ground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lady-o-leisure View Post
    They sure have a lot of little domes in the area too. If you get the chance, can you find out whether all the other 'little' domes are being used regularly and by whom?
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    Naka... in that last picture, what are those spider-looking things on the ground?
    Yes, there are a few buildings spread over the hill and I could only look from outside.

    One is Solar Rings, Lowell Telescope, Astrograph Dome, University Dome and Sundial, Museum.

    Hehehe, no clue on those 'spiders' thingy but will ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    Hehehe, no clue on those 'spiders' thingy but will ask.
    Me too wants to know!

    I'm wild guessing they are motorised supports for not yet installed solar panels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned View Post
    Me too wants to know!

    I'm wild guessing they are motorised supports for not yet installed solar panels.
    I will ask when I go there again

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    I wonder why they have so many different shaped/designed domes/observatories there. And i wonder if they built those observatories with the intention to see which ones worked better, also whether they built it at different years. Do all the observatories get used all the time? So many questions in my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lady-o-leisure View Post
    I wonder why they have so many different shaped/designed domes/observatories there. And i wonder if they built those observatories with the intention to see which ones worked better, also whether they built it at different years. Do all the observatories get used all the time? So many questions in my head.
    Good thought....will ask them

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    Quote Originally Posted by lady-o-leisure View Post
    They sure have a lot of little domes in the area too. If you get the chance, can you find out whether all the other 'little' domes are being used regularly and by whom?
    Last night hubby and i were supposed to go to Palomar Mountain to look through the 60inch scope but the event got canceled due to bad weather. siiiighhh.... it was basically a once in a lifetime opportunity as the scope had only THAT one particular time slot ever, to be used by the docents of Palomar. Siighh... Hubby was sulking all night. Looks like we might have to make a trip to Mount Wilson some day to look through their 60inch scope. It is past LA and close to JPL (Jet Propulsion Labs) which means 2.5hrs drive for us.

    Naka... in that last picture, what are those spider-looking things on the ground?
    Went there last night, there must be about 100 people just like me doing the tour which cost AUD$140 each.

    I was early and I asked about that spider thingy and was told as:-

    The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope.

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    http://www.mwatelescope.org/

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    Before the tour, the people was divided into 5 groups, each group of about 16.

    First sighting was Tarantula Nebular.

    Using a cpc11celestrion telescope, we were able to see Tarantula Nebular quite clearly.

    The Tarantula Nebula is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

    Distance to Earth: 159,800 light years

    Radius: 300 ly

    Coordinates: RA 5h 38m 38s | Dec -69 5′ 42″

    Notable features: In LMC

    Apparent dimensions (V): 40′ 25′

    Absolute magnitude (V): ~ −11.7

    I tried to take a photo to share through the eye-piece but it turned out to be very blur.

    But all is not lost, here are some info here including photos of Tarantula Nebula:-

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantula_Nebula

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    Scorpius the Scorpion

    Scorpius is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for scorpion, and its symbol is. Scorpius is one of the 48 constellations identified by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century.



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