2021 Public Ticket Nights Now Available!

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.

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. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE TERMS & CONDITIONS SECTION OF THIS PAGE, BELOW.
By purchasing a ticket to an observing session at the Mount Wilson Telescope(s), the purchaser agrees to each of the Terms and Conditions.

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. 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). 

100-inch Telescope Public Ticket Nights

Join a small group of individuals to observe the Universe through the famous 100-inch Telescope, which astronomer Edwin Hubble used to prove that “spiral nebulae” are really distant galaxies similar our own Milky Way. He and Milton Humason then used this telescope to show that the Universe itself is expanding, a finding that led to the Big Bang Theory. The group is limited to just 16 people, so you will have the opportunity to see many objects through this amazing instrument. Tickets are limited to four per registrant and the price is $225 each.  Click on the 100-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). 

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE PUBLIC TICKET NIGHTS

September 3, 2021 60-inch Telescope Public Ticket Night

Mount Wilson’s 60-inch Telescope Public Ticket Nights make telescope viewing available to visitors not associated with a large group. Sessions are limited to 20 observers, running from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and tickets are available to individuals (up to four tickets per registrant).

September 10, 2021 100-inch Telescope Public Ticket Night

Mount Wilson’s 100-inch Telescope Public Ticket Nights make telescope viewing available to visitors not associated with a large group. Sessions are limited to 20 observers, running from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and tickets are available to individuals (up to four tickets per registrant).

September 11, 2021 60-inch Telescope Public Ticket Night

Mount Wilson’s 60-inch Telescope Public Ticket Nights make telescope viewing available to visitors not associated with a large group. Sessions are limited to 20 observers, running from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and tickets are available to individuals (up to four tickets per registrant).

Things to Know About Public Ticket Nights

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. Once you have purchased your tickets, the session director will contact you with specific instructions on where and when to meet and other details. If you have questions, please email our Public Ticket Night Coordinator at:  pubtix@mtwilson.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.

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 1:00 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 5700 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 map and driving directions can be found here.

60-inch and 100-inch Telescope Viewing Terms and Conditions

By purchasing a ticket to an observing session at the Mount Wilson Telescope(s), the purchaser agrees to each of the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable except in the case of technical issues preventing us from operating the telescope that evening. In the event of cloudy weather, the ticket purchaser will be offered a future night of observing.
  2. No more than four tickets may be purchased by one individual. Tickets may not be sold or otherwise transferred to another person except by gift.
  3. Children under 12 years of age may not attend an observing session. Each minor child must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
  4. Ticket purchaser acknowledges that the Mount Wilson Institute (hereinafter “MWI”) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation that operates Mount Wilson Observatory pursuant to agreements with the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the United State Forest Service. Visitor understands and acknowledges that the facilities at Mount Wilson are not open to the general public and that access thereto is by invitation and by agreement.
  5. Ticket purchaser agrees to follow all rules, regulations and customs that are promulgated for visitors at Mount Wilson. Visitors will comply with all reasonable instructions of guides, docents and other personnel conducting visits and tours of the facilities on Mount Wilson. Visitor will also comply with all rules and regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Violation of these requirements may result in suspension of Mount Wilson visiting privileges.
  6. Ticket purchaser shall defend, indemnify, and hold MWI and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, their trustees, officers and employees harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, proceedings, costs, expenses, damages, injuries and liabilities of any kind or nature, including attorney’s fees arising out of, or in connection with, the Visitor’s use of the facilities at Mount Wilson. This indemnification shall not apply to negligence or intentional act that is solely caused by officers, agents, employees, or servants of MWI.
  7. Ticket purchaser agrees to assume all risks of loss to persons or property which may occur during their visit except such loss as may be occasioned or caused solely by gross negligence or intentional act of any of the officers, agents, employees, or servants of MWI.

COVID-19 WAIVER 

COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

MWI cannot prevent anyone in your group from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing MWI’s services or premises. Therefore, by choosing to utilize MWI’s services and/or enter onto MWI’s premises you may be exposing your group to and/or increasing the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

The undersigned confirms that no one in the participating group will come to the MWI premises if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including without limitation, fever, cough or shortness of breath, or has a suspected or diagnosed/confirmed case of COVID-19, or has been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within two weeks of the event.

ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK: I understand the concerns about COVID-19. On behalf of myself and my group who will be visiting Mount Wilson, I hereby accept the risk of contracting COVID 19 in order to utilize MWI’s services and enter the premises.

WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/LIABILITY: On behalf of myself and my group, I hereby release and waive the right to bring suit against Carnegie or MWI and its owners, officers, directors, managers, officials, trustees, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing MWI’s services and premises. I understand that this waiver means I and my group members give up the right to bring any claims for COVID-related injuries or death, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claims to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

INDEMNIFICATION: On behalf of myself and my group, I will defend, indemnify, and hold MWI and Carnegie, their trustees, officers, and employees harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, proceedings, costs, expenses, damages, injuries and liabilities in connection with any exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing MWI’s services and premises.

By purchasing a ticket to an observing session at the Mount Wilson Telescope(s), the purchaser confirms that I HAVE CAREFULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS RELEASE, AND FREELY AND KNOWINGLY ASSUME THE RISK AND WAIVE MY RIGHTS AND THE RIGHTS OF MY GROUP MEMBERS CONCERNING COVID-19 LIABILITY.