We had VIP tickets (purchased months in advance), which entitled us to a 1.5 hour tour of some of the facilities, a simple dinner with wine, prime seating at the concert, viewing through the 36-inch refracting telescope, a commemorative wine glass (or mug), and so on.
After the tour was open, we were treated to a bit over an hour of music by the Kurt Ribak Trio. Sitting close to the stage, I was worried about it being too loud, but they had the sound levels just right. And their performance was quite good.
The evening ended with an astronomy lecture and viewing through the old 36 inch telescope.
Finally, we had the opportunity for outdoor viewing with about half a dozen local amateur astronomers and their multi-thousand dollar telescopes. I want one. (I was an Astronomy minor in college, so I've wanted one for a long time...) We got to see Jupiter and three of its innermost moons, a nebula, and a globular cluster.
All in all it was an excellent way to spend a Friday night.
More photos are available in this set: Mt. Hamilton Lick Observatory Concert
Posted by jzawodn at August 06, 2007 04:12 PM