The Automated Planet Finder Telescope dome shortly after sunset.

© 2007 Laurie Hatch, image and text
– Lick Observatory
– Mt. Hamilton
– 2007 June 16


– The newly constructed 2.4-meter APF is framed by a darkening sky, the bright planet Venus,
the Lick Observatory Main Building, and the glow of city lights from Silicon Valley. Fully
robotic and equipped with a high-resolution spectrograph optimized for precision Doppler
measurements, it will enable off-site astronomers to detect rocky planets of Earth-size masses
within our local galactic neighborhood.

– The photographer thanks APF and UCO/Lick staff for their invaluable assistance in producing
this photograph.


– Lick Observatory crowns the 4,200-foot Mt. Hamilton summit above Silicon Valley in central
California. This research station serves astronomers from University of California campuses
and their collaborators worldwide. Eccentric Bay Area tycoon and philanthropist James Lick
(1796-1876) bequeathed funding for construction which spanned from 1880 to 1887, fulfilling
his vision of the Observatory as a premier astronomical facility. In 1959, the Shane 3-meter
reflecting telescope was completed on Mt. Hamilton. It continues to provide data for forefront
research and engineering programs. In total, the mountain top is home to ten telescopes which
are supported by resident staff and by headquarters at UC Santa Cruz. Acclaimed for academic
excellence, technical expertise, and superior instrumentation, Lick Observatory probes the
expanding frontiers of space.

– Exposure data:

Nikon D2x
Nikkor 10.5mm DX f/2.8 fisheye lens
ISO digital: 100 / f/5.6
Exposure: 30 seconds

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March 26, 2014

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