Gazing into space with Mt. Wilson’s historic telescopes

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The home dome of the 60-inch telescope has stayed the same since 1914. Image courtesy of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection at the Huntington Library.

People can rent the historic telescopes at LA’s Mt. Wilson Observatory for one night — complete with snacks and a guide — for $1,700. How did this sanctuary of science become a fun night out for anyone with a credit card?

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