The announcement of dates for 2020 Public Ticket Nights will be delayed until we decide to reopen the Observatory
Our popular Public Ticket Nights allow individuals, rather than just groups, to experience the thrill of viewing celestial objects through our large, historic telescopes, the 60 and 100 inch telescopes–the two largest in the world dedicated to public viewing. We offer three kinds: 60-inch Telescope Sessions, 100-inch Telescope Sessions, and “Hyper” nights, where attendees will use both telescopes, switching midway through the session.
The telescope sessions will be guided by an experience telescope operator and session director, both with a thorough knowledge of the best objects to observe and the history of the Observatory, to enhance your experience. You are invited to bring any food and non-alcoholic drinks you wish. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are provided. Please bring extra warm clothing, as it is usually cooler on the mountain than down in the valley. Come up and share a spectacular night of astronomy with other space enthusiasts. Individuals reserving these tickets agree to the conditions and rules which apply to all our telescopes sessions (scroll down for terms and conditions). No children under 12 are permitted.
Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. They are non-refundable, unless the session is cancelled by us for some reason beyond our control. If you have questions, please email our Public Ticket Night Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These events are observing sessions, and therefore no mounting of cameras onto the telescope is allowed. We also discourage eyepiece photography to be respectful of each participants opportunity to view the objects and preserve our night vision.
60-inch Telescope Public Ticket Nights
Join a small group of individuals (20 maximum) to observe the Universe through the famous 60-inch Telescope, which revolutionized astronomy and allowed astronomer Harlow Shapley to find our place in the Milky Way Galaxy. The group is limited to just 20 people, so you will have the opportunity to see many objects through this amazing instrument. The astronomical seeing on Mount Wilson is often exceptional. Don’t miss this opportunity to come up by yourself or with a few friends or family to explore space. Tickets are limited to four per registrant and the price is $95 each. Click on the 60-inch Telescope page to access general information on observing with this telescope, especially the “Important Notices” (the fees, calendar, and reservation information on this page apply only to our group sessions). Once you have purchased your tickets, the session director will contact you with specific instructions on where and when to meet and other details.