MWO founder George Ellery Hale atop Mt. Wilson, 1904 Huntington Library


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Mount Wilson Observatory is operated by the Mount Wilson Institute under an agreement with the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The Observatory occupies lands belonging to the USDA Forest Service set aside under a long-term leasehold agreement between CIW and the USDA Forest Service. The Observatory subscribes to the USDA non-discrimination policy as expressed here.

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MWO Spherical Panoramic Tour

Take an Incredible Spherical Panoramic Tour prepared for the Observatory by Carel Struycken, Star Trek's Mr. Homn and Adams Family member Lurch. Click here to load the tour. It will take you to 20 different spots on the mountain, including spaces not open to visitors. Use the built-in navigation bar to select your vantage point, zoom in and out, switch to full screen, and turn auto-rotation on/off. Then click and drag your cursor go left-right and up-down. There is no direction in which you cannot look! If you are comfortable navigating without the continuous showing of the bar, click here. You can retrieve the nav bar by moving your cursor to the bottom of the screen. For more about Mr. Struycken's amazing spherical panoramas, click here.