Passage to San Diego

With Kate on her way home we moved down to San Diego to do the preparation for the passage to Hawaii.

A nice day cruise down the coast arriving at sunset. The berth assigned was too tight for us but luckily some of the marina “liveaboards” came to help and they knew of a wider berth that was free so we moved there.

Passing Point Loma on the way in. Obligatory Lighthouse included.

California, being on a different planet, has two suns it seems.

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Griffith Observatory

After trips to some expensive shopping centres we had an evening trip the the Griffith Observatory on the hills behind Los Angeles. Hour plus taxi ride from the marina. A quiet place to visit, a couple of guys in bow ties, two cars in the car park.

The place was packed, we had to get out of the taxi and walk a mile as it was quicker. They had telescopes out on the lawn for people to look at the setting sun, stars etc

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It was a fantastic visit, the items on display including moon rocks, models and the instruments made it a visit worth repeating.

However you will need to go there yourself to find out but here are some photos of the area, too dark inside for good photographs.

The monument to the Astronomers, I was taken by this honour to some of the greats of the science.

Remebered here are:
– Hipparchus (about 150 B.C.)
– Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543)
– Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
– Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
– Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
– William Herschel (1738-1822)

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Looking west as the upper limb of the sun just sets.

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A little known real estate development to the west, look at the cars parked on the approach road.

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Two views as the sun sets

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Looking down you can see the walkway we took leaving

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Gratuitous artistic shot

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The hills to the east

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The observatory looking up from the track, the big dome is the planetarium and the smaller dome the 12.5″ telescope. The other dome, out of picture, has a¬†coelostat to show the sun’s image on a screen.

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One of those places you go to but wish you had done so earlier or had more time.