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Julian StarFest 2019

August 1st - 3rd, 2019  Menghini Winery, Julian, CA

Brought to you by the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) and the town of Julian

Palomar Observatory Tours

Through the "Friends of Palomar" and CalTech, we are able to provide this "Once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to a limited number of participants.

The tour will be on Saturday August 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  Do not be late.  The tour will start on time and you cannot join the tour once it has begun.  We recommend you arrive early to allow for time to park and to make the five minute walk to the observatory.  The total tour length including your driving time is approximately five hours. Reservations are required!


Please note: In accordance with Palomar Observatory rules, the tour is not recommended for children under six years of age.  Sorry, no pets.

Tour Description

For $25.00 per person, 30 people will be given a guided tour of the Hale 200" telescope.  This tour includes the lower observatory floor, with the massive foundation of the 530 ton telescope.  Moving up in the dome, you'll reach the main floor, where the 200" scope resides.  Get "up close and personal" with the scope.  Then move up higher into the dome, to the dome catwalk. Following the tour of the 200-inch, the group will reassemble in the outreach center (OC) nearby for lectures and discussions of Palomar Observatory history and science. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or if you prefer, you can pre-order a boxed lunch to enjoy with the group in the OC.

Palomar Observatory Boxed Lunch Options Catered by Granny’s Kitchen in Julian:

  • Sliced ham and cheddar cheese on fresh rye bread from Dudley's Bakery, with lettuce, tomato, mustard and mayonnaise, with pickle slices on the side
  • Sliced turkey breast and swiss cheese on fresh sourdough bread from Dudley's Bakery, with letuce, tomato, mustard and mayonnaise, with pickle slices on the side
  • Cheesy apple sandwich: thin slices of Granny Smith apple, sharp cheddar cheese, red onion, and Granny's homemade horseradish/dill aioli sauce on grilled whole wheat bread from Dudley's Bakery, served with pickle slices on the side.  

          Fresh fruit
          One of Granny's signature homemade peanut butter cookies
          (vegan and gluten free)

The cost for a boxed lunch is $10.  All orders must be confirmed no later than August 1st and can be paid for online.

200 Inch

How to Register for the Palomar Tours

To register please use this link or contact us at

Registration confirmation will be sent by e-mail, along with your tickets and maps to StarFest.  Please include your e-mail address with all registrations.