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Old 12-11-2020, 05:34 AM
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Stockholm's Observatory

I continue my reports from observatories I have visited. This one is very special for me, I did my education in astrophysics at this place in the 1990s. My girlfriend and I took the car this weekend and visited Saltsj÷baden, only 30 km from where we live. We ended the walk up at the Stockholm's Observatory.

Some photos from this beautiful place:
http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/...servatory.html

One of the observatories here is the astrograph which I already earlier had written about.

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Old 12-11-2020, 10:17 AM
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Hello Lars

A very interesting tour of the observatory, such a shame to see the neglect and damage to the buildings. Are any of the telescopes still being used for observations and research or is the observatory not in use professionally any more. Would be a pity to have, what I'm sure would be fine instruments , not seeing the sky any more.
Lovely scenery of the town and waterways and islands too. Thanks for sharing your tour, a lot of memories rekindled , no doubt.
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Old 12-11-2020, 01:20 PM
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A very interesting tour Lars. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 12-11-2020, 08:27 PM
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Hi,
Nice to hear you like the observatory place.

The university left this place about 20 years ago. When we visited it last weekend it was Sunday and no people there. Only the main building is in use today, it's a school. But there are two astronomy clubs that have permission to use the observatory biuldings, the Newton, Meridian and Schmidt. Maybe they will get the Newton telescope to be usable again. There are no professional work done here anymore.

There are also other buildings here, the old living quarters where the staff lived during observations. And a work shop, very advanced machine tools, but now moved to the new facility.

The last days I have added more text and corrected som in the observatory tour.

Did you see my earlier in deep report about the astrograph ?

http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/...strograph.html

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I have now read your previous report , thanks for the link. It still seems such a shame to have telescopes of their size and quality not being used any more, even if the light pollution compromises their effectiveness. Maybe it would take a lot of work and expense to restore the large refractors to their former glory, unfortunately.
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Hi Jeff,
I think some astronomy club will take care of this. Lot of ideas how to upgrade the controlsystems so they can be used with todays modern cameras.

Have a new look, I found some wonderful photographs from 1930 and 1952. I have also added more links with information.

http://www.astrofriend.eu/astronomy/...servatory.html

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