A few years ago I had the pleasure of visiting McDonald Observatory on Mt. Locke west Texas. This year is the observatory's 75th anniversary, making it a good time to trot out the pictures I took on my trip.
public outreach program, and wonderful dark skies that are largely free from light pollution. West Texas is usually cloud free, but clouds and rain dominated during
my visit - possibly because I was to have eyepiece time on one of the
Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET).
see my previous post on it), there's a Meade telescope (below, left) being used along side one of the largest telescopes in the world.
Harlan J. Smith Telescope (below).
eyepiece viewing nights with this 107-inch telescope.
Otto Struve Telescope. It is a beauty inside and out.
looking through the telescope along with a group of other telescope enthusiasts, but the weather didn't cooperate.
Mt. Wilson Observatory being larger.
The 82-inch telescope has setting circles (used to ensure the proper pointing of the telescope), something long gone from modern observatory instruments:
I highly recommend visiting McDonald Observatory. They have an impressive array of tours, daytime solar observing sessions, evening observing sessions and more.