Virtual Tours of Astronomical Observatories
Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico)
A clickable map of the world's largest single dish radio telescope,
with explanatory text as well as pictures on a fast, well-connected server.
Big Bear Solar Observatory (Caltech)
The tour page has nice pictures, but the full-size ones are huge.
Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory - Rozhen
Pictures of the largest telescope in southeast Europe and itsmates.
Chamberlin Observatory (Denver University)
A linear tour with lots of history and explanations.
A QuickTimeVR tour of Gemini North
Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles)
Illustrated textual tour of the nation's premier public observatory
From an aerial photo, you can click into information about various
radio (and optical) telescopes at the site.
Indian Hill Observatory
A tour through time as a group of amateur astronomers clear a dark site
and build an observatory
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (Mauna Kea, Hawaii)
W.M. Keck Observatory (Mauna Kea, Hawaii)
Not a tour, but lots of pictures and a site plan
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Not a tour, but their visitor brochure has a map and pictures.
Kuiper Airborne Observatory
(NASA Ames, Mountain View, CA, no longer flying)
Lots of time and money was put into this memorial to the KAO, which
is no longer flying. Unhappily, bit rot has set in, and most of the pictures
are gone. I helped
discover the rings of Uranus using its telescope in 1977.
Lick Observatory (University of California, Santa Cruz)
LOTS of clickable pictures, four clear thumbnails per page almost make
you think you're on Mount Hamilton. You can also start from the
Lick Observatory website. There is a separate tour of
NASA Ames' Crocker Dome on Mt. Hamilton, used for
the Vulcan photmetric planet search.
Lowell Observatory (Flagstaff, Arizona)
John Spencer put together several walks through the observatory
navigated by mouse clicks.
Mauna Kea Observatories (Hawaii)
McDonald Observatory (University of Texas)
Hobby-Eberly Telescope Construction Tour
Mount Hopkins Observatories
(Smithsonian Institution and University of Arizona)
Clickable images of most of the telescopes on the mountain, including
both the new and old MMT.
Mount Laguna Observatory (San Diego State University)
Mt. Wilson Observatory (California)
L'Observatoire de Nice (France, en Francais)
Part of the
Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
Oak Ridge Observatory (Massachusetts)
Formerly operated by the
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Palomar Observatory (California)
A narrated tour about the prime focus by Jesse Greenstein, who has used
it since 1948.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey
(Apache Point, NM)
(Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)
Movies and photos of the successor to the Kuiper Airborne Observatory,
which also has a tour
University of Illinois Observatory
Venezuelan National Observatory
Weaver Observatory (Wittenburg Univ., Ohio)
Part of a
tour of the whole campus
Yerkes Observatory (University of Chicago)
York University Observatory (Toronto, Ontario)
Virtual Astronomical Observatories
Last updated by Doug Mink
on 20 marcy 2006.