Have You heard of Lick Observatory?

About 20 miles southeast of downtown San Jose is Lick Observatory.  Located atop Mount Hamilton at around 4,200 feet.  It’s visable from most spots in Santa Clara Valley.  Although there are tours there,  the telescopes and equipment are not available to view.  Funded by James Lick,  the richest man in California when he died in 1876.  From the east foothills, it’s about an hour on the road built to haul constuction equipment to build the observatory.  Here is more information about Lick Observatory.

Lick Observatory - view of Shane Telescope on ...
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