The Lick Observatory is located on Mt Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose.
The observatory was funded by James Lick as part of a trust that he established shortly before his death in 1876. There is a fascinating story about the life of James Lick and the construction of the observatory.
One of the modern telescopes in the facility.
This was the main telescope of the original observatory. The biggest single lense telescope in the world at the time.
So that a person can look through the telescope when it is at different angles, the entire floor moves up and down.
This is the base of the telescope, underneath the moving floor.
And here we find James Lick’s grave.