Aerial Tour of the Mauna Kea Observatories
Copyright 1998, Richard Wainscoat, All Rights Reserved
New aerial photographs of the Mauna Kea Observatories were obtained in
The first 10 photographs in these series show many (and in a few
cases all) of the observatories at the top of Mauna Kea. The next
series of photographs provide a closer look at some of the telescopes.
The photographs can be accessed from the index below, or can be viewed
as a series using the arrows at the bottom of each page.
After looking at some of these photographs, you may wish to look at
some of the aerial photographs of
Mauna Kea Observatories in 1995 to see the changes that occurred
between 1995 and 1998.
View the first photo.
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the Northeast
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the North - 1
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the North - 2
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the Northwest
- Keck Telescopes viewed from the North
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the South
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the Southeast
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the West
- Submillimeter Array viewed from the South
- Mauna Kea Observatories viewed from the East
- W.M. Keck Observatory viewed from the North
- Subaru Telescope
- Submillimeter Telescopes of Mauna Kea
- NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
- Mauna Kea Summit Ridge
- Gemini Northern 8-meter Telescope
- Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
- Keck 2 Telescope
- Hawaii Antenna of the VLBA
- Hale Pohaku - Onizuka Center for International Astronomy
- Mauna Kea Summit seen from above the
- Mauna Kea Summit Ridge seen from the Northeast
- Keck and Subaru Telescopes
- Helicopter and Photographer
About these photos
- These photographs were taken from a helicopter on February 10, 1998
by Richard Wainscoat.
- The photographs were taken from altitudes between 13,300 to 14,500
ft; most were taken near 14,500 feet.
- It takes about 12 minutes to fly from Waimea to the summit by
helicopter, and about 8 minutes to fly back. It takes about 2 hours by car.
- Most helicopters cannot land on the summit of Mauna Kea - it is
too high. Although some helicopters may be able to land safely, they
may be unable to lift off again.
- It was relatively warm when these photographs were taken - about
10 degrees Celsius at the summit. It was much colder in 1995 when the
previous series of photographs were taken.
- Hawaii had a very dry winter because of El Nino - there was only a
little snow when these photographs were taken. There is a lot more snow
in the 1995 aerial photos.
- The image files presented here are each approximately 50-70 kbytes
in size. With a 28.8 kbaud modem, each image should take 15-20
seconds to download. Each image measures approximately 650 pixels in
its long dimension.
- These photographs are Copyright 1998 by Richard Wainscoat,
All Rights Reserved. We hope that you have
enjoyed looking at these photographs, but please note that further use
of them is not permitted without written permission.
Last updated February 27, 1998