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124 y/o telescope to be restored for new astronomy centre – Radio New Zealand

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124 y/o telescope to be restored for new astronomy centre – Radio New Zealand


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A earth-well known, 124-12 months-old telescope will be the centrepiece in a new worldwide astronomy centre in Tekapo.

Brashear Telescope.

Brashear Telescope.
Photograph:Supplied.

Tomorrow’s Skies Charitable Belief has introduced nowadays that it is restoring the Brashear Telescope when utilized by American astronomer Percival Lowell for his reports of Mars.

Crafted from brass, iron, metal and wood and that includes a 45.seven centimetre refracting lens, the telescope is regarded as a masterpiece of Victorian engineering.

The College of Pennsylvania gifted it to the University of Canterbury in the 1960s for use at the Mount John Observatory in Tekapo, but it was place into storage due to the fact there was no dollars to make a dome to house it.

Brashear Telescope.

Brashear Telescope.
Photograph:Provided.

The University of Canterbury gifted the telescope to Tomorrow’s Skies Charitable Have faith in in 2016.

Believe in spokesperson Graham Kennedy explained after it was restored the Brashear would be the only Victorian telescope in a Gold Normal Worldwide Dim Sky Reserve.

“The importance of this undertaking to astronomy is great.”

Website visitors will be equipped to see the telescope when the new astronomy centre opens in autumn upcoming yr, and people right after a closer glance will be equipped to do so with a guided tour from the astronomy centre’s operator, Earth & Sky.

The restoration has also received the tick of approval from Zara Tindall, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited Mount John Observatory final 12 months.

“I hope that restoring the Brashear will inspire a new technology to understand about astronomy and reconnect with the stars,” Mrs Tindall stated.

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