A wide view of Griffith Observatory from its front lawn. The small dome on the left houses a 30-centimeter Zeiss refracting telescope; it’s open to the public each night for viewing the sky. The small dome on the right houses a coelostat (“seal-o-stat”), a telescope that projects a fixed image of the sun throughout the day. Between them is the octagonal copper cupola of the observatory’s main rotunda. The large dome partially visible behind the facade is the planetarium.