Announcement | Date Availability/Status

Friends of Lick Observatory is introducing the Saturday Stars program at the Observatory's Main Building on Mt. Hamilton. These events are planned for amateur astronomers and others with a keen interest in astronomy.

Groups of 20-30 people will have the opportunity to observe a variety of astronomical objects through both the historic 36-inch Lick Refractor using its eyepiece and the 40-inch Nickel Reflector equipped with a CCD direct imaging camera; the camera has a 6.3x6.3-arcminute field of view and B, V, R, and I filters. Groups will be able to request the objects they would like to observe and will have access to that night's digital images from the Nickel Telescope. Participants may also bring their own telescopes to this prime viewing site.

Each event will start just prior to sunset, and the Lick Observatory Gift Shop will be open for the first hour of the night. Observing will commence at 12 degree twilight and end after 4 hours.

These exclusive astronomy events are scheduled for a few Saturday nights during summer. The 2014 group rate is $1,150 for up to 30 people.

For more information or to sign up for one of these nights, please contact Paula Towle at or (831)459-2991. For questions regarding payment, please contact Leah Martin at or (831)459-5164. For technical questions regarding telescope limits and the CCD camera, please contact Elinor Gates at or (831)459-5910.

2014-07-26: 14:54 Advance Weather Advisory

Latest forecast indicates partly cloudy for forthcoming night as monsoon moisture enters the forecast area this evening bringing high clouds to the area: NWS.

Current conditions on Mt Hamilton are clear with some light patchy cirrus far to the South and East: Mt Hamilton Web Cameras.

Current values and detailed forecast discussion are available: here.

Current satellite animations (NOAA) show a small developing offshore system heading North which, if it continues on current track, will pass West of the bay area.

Assessment: While we may see some cloud develop during the evening, there is no indication that we shall see overcast conditions before midnight. The observatory shall be prepared to welcome participants in tonight's Saturday Stars program.

Date Availability and Status

Saturday Stars dates are listed below and their current availability for booking. In the case that an event is cancelled due to poor weather forecast, it will be posted here by 3pm on the date of the event so that the group will know whether to travel to Mt. Hamilton or not for the event. Events cancelled by the Lick Observatory staff due to poor weather will result in refund of the event fee.

DateDoors Open
Gift Shop Opens
July 268:30pm9:30pmBooked
August 237:30pm8:30pmBooked