Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, 8.1- meter Gemini North, and the University of Hawaii 2.2-meter telescopes. Back in 2004 I had a behind-the-scenes tour that gave me a close look at five of the telescopes on the mountaintop.
Palomar's Hale Telescope or Mauna Kea's Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
There was some dome maintenance taking place during my visit. You can notice that it is partially open. Alas, my visit with Gemini was pretty short but it was a pleasure seeing one of the giant telescopes of the modern age, one of several such telescopes on Mauna Kea.
|Subaru, Keck I and Keck II|
Here's how the telescope looks standing straight up:
|Me, with Keck II. Maybe next time I'll smile.|
|Standing under the Subaru|
|Subaru's Faint Object Camera And Spectrograph|
teru teru bozu dolls. They are handmade dolls that in the Japanese culture reportedly have the power to bring good weather. Yes, even on Mauna Kea there can be bad weather. I don't know much about the Japanese culture but it was fascinating to see these hanging in this high-tech environment.
|Gemini, 2.2-meter University of Hawaii Telescope, and the United Kingdom Ifrared Telescope (UKIRT)|
AstroDay in Hilo, a major astronomy public outreach event.
International Dark-Sky Association where I now work.
This year's AstroDay will be held on May 3rd. Here's a Facebook page that describes this year's event. If you are going to be on the Big Island that day, you should make plans to attend.
If you can't make the visit to Mauna Kea, I encourage you to explore the links I placed in this post. You might also be interested in seeing some of the many webcams that are on the mountain. When the daytime weather is nice there are great views of the various domes. At night there can also be some great views of the night sky from the CFHT Cloudcam.
I hope you've enjoyed this quick look at some of the best astronomical telescopes in the world. I still have a few more observatories to share as a part of my Telescope Tourist posts. Hopefully, I'll have the time to post more of them soon.