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Astronomy at The Observatory

The Observatory is a great place for star-gazing, as you might expect.There are numerous astronomical reference works, two telescopes and a pair of binoculars at the house for the use of guests.The skies, particularly to the west, are as dark as they were in George Forbes day.

However, George Forbesí roof top platform no longer exists - although I occasionally dream of rebuilding it.It lasted until the early 1980s when it became clear that it was no longer safe.It may be replaced one day, but this is not imminent.There are also a number of trees around the building that obscure some of the sky, particularly to the north.In high summer (when there are only two or three hours of darkness anyway), the trees can be frustrating, if your main interest is astronomical.They are far less of a problem during the winter months.

The optical equipment comprises: a very inexpensive refractor telescope, a high-quality pair of 7 x 35 binoculars and, a Meade 4.5 inch equatorial reflector telescope.Guests are welcome to use all three, although the big telescope is probably too complex for an inexperienced user.

For those who are interested, there is also a small archive of material written by or about George Forbes.

 

 

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