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Palomar Observatory is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, and administered by Caltech Optical Observatories, located at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on the Caltech campus.

Palomar summit crew portrait with the newly recoated mirror, 2018. (Palomar/Caltech)


Christopher Martin
Director, Caltech Optical Observatories

Andrew Boden
Deputy Director, Caltech Optical Observatories

Rick Burruss
Site Superintendent, Palomar Observatory

Steven Flanders
Outreach and Event Coordinator, Palomar Observatory

For a complete listing of Observatory staff, please see the Caltech Astronomy Department's directory of technical staff.

Employment Opportunities

Please check the Caltech Human Resources jobs postings page regularly for employment listings.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Palomar Observatory
P.O. Box 200
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060-0200

Street Address

Palomar Observatory
35899 Canfield Road
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060-0200

E-mail Contacts

For general questions on outreach and public access, or media inquiries please see our public FAQ. Additional questions may be posed in email to Palomar Observatory Outreach Coordinator Steven Flanders at sbf [at] astro.caltech.edu.
For administrative questions, please email bode [at] astro.caltech.edu.

Questions? We've answered many common visiting, media, and academic questions in our public FAQ page.
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