The Stars above Los Angeles
Our Private Tour Visits the Griffith Observatory
Everyone coming to Southern California and joining us for a private Los Angeles tour is interested in the stars. Most of the time a lengthy and thorough exploration of Hollywood and Beverly Hills will satisfy our guests’ curiosity. From time to time we have a group that is also interested in the stars above Hollywood, way above, and a visit to the Griffith Observatory is in order. This recently renovated science museum was opened in 1935 with funds set aside by Col. Griffith J. Griffith (of Griffith Park fame, the country’s largest urban park at one time). Col. Griffith was so moved by a visit to the nearby Mt. Wilson Observatory that he decided he wanted the general public to have an opportunity to view the heavens and so financed the observatory. The first equipment purchase was the 12″ Zeiss refracting telescope housed in the east observatory dome and looked through by more people than any other telescope in use today. This precisely maintained optical instrument allows many their first opportunity to truly see the planets and stars and can be the beginning of a real wonder about the cosmos for many of our guests. This day we were enjoying views of Venus and Jupiter, in planetary conjunction, and bright in the western sky soon after sunset. Our guide will also entertain our guests with tales of Hollywood stars at the observatory, too.