2017 Mount Wilson Public Ticket Nights

The very popular Public Ticket Nights for individuals are now scheduled. These dates allow individuals, rather than just groups, to experience the thrill of viewing celestial objects through our large, historic telescopes. Mount Wilson’s 60-inch and 100-inch Telescopes are normally made available for public viewing through our very popular group rental program. In order to make this remarkable experience more accessible to individuals not associated with a group, we are setting aside the following evenings for individuals:

  • Saturday, July 22–Viewing through the 100-inch (16 tickets total).
  • Saturday, July 29–Viewing through the 60-inch (20 tickets total).
  • Saturday, August 19–Viewing through the 100-inch (16 tickets total).
  • Saturday, August 26–Viewing through the 60-inch (20 tickets total).

We will be issuing a limited amount of tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The price of each ticket will include a tour of the Observatory and observing until 1 am.  60-inch Telescope tickets are $95 and 100-inch Telescope tickets are $225.

Click here to buy tickets.

All attendees must be ticketed, no discounts are given, and all sales are final.

The event will start at or before sunset and end at 1 am. There is a limit of four tickets per individual or family, and we cannot accommodate children under age twelve. All ticketed minor children must be accompanied by a ticketed responsible adult.

The Observatory is located at an elevation of 5,700 feet with the tour requiring walking up and down many stairs and steep pathways and is not easily accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Those with known cardiac and respiratory conditions may also want to consider this before requesting a ticket.

Ticket holders are responsible for their own transportation to and from Mount Wilson. A printable PDF map and driving directions can be found here.

Click here for more information about what to expect while viewing through the 60-inch Telescope and here for the 100-inch telescope.

When you purchase a ticket, you acknowledge that you have read and accept our terms and conditions, particularly noting that all tickets sales are final and non-refundable except in the case of technical issues preventing us from operating the telescope that evening.

If you have questions about these events, contact us at pubtix@mtwilson.org