These outstanding shots of this beautiful place, the Lick Observatory on the summit of Mount Hamilton, made by the very talented Laurie Hatch. It was impossible for me to choose which one is the best!

All Images ©  Laurie Hatch     with permission.

The Lick Observatory is an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California. It is situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, in the Diablo Range just east of San Jose, California, USA.

The observatory is managed by the University of California Observatories, with headquarters on the University of California, Santa Cruz, campus, where its scientific staff moved in the mid-1960s.

Lick Observatory is the world’s first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory. The observatory, in a Classical Revival style structure, was constructed between 1876 and 1887, from a bequest from James Lick. In 1887 Lick’s body was buried under the future site of the telescope, with a brass tablet bearing the inscription, “Here lies the body of James Lick”.

Laurie Hatch has been Laurie Hatch longer than anyone else in the business. Her parents remember fondly that she has wanted to be herself since early childhood. Her entire career has been fully focused on realizing this dream, and those in the know feel strongly that she has entirely succeeded.

These images are from Keck Observatory:

These images are of Mt. Whitney:

sources Lauriehatch,   wikipedia,   Lick Observatory