Palomar Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology, just 54 miles (88 km) northeast of Carlsbad, California. Research here is pursued by a broad community of astronomers from Caltech, as well as other domestic and international partner institutions. Most visitors come to see the famous 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope — for decades the largest effective telescope in operation — and enjoy visiting the museum and taking guided tours of the facility. Even camping is available over at the Observatory Campground, a no-frills campsite offering tent pitches, access to forested trails and coin-operated showers just 2 miles (4 km) from the Observatory. For more information, visit online or call 760-742-2119.
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