an evening at the observatory…

An evening at the observatory at Blackford Hill, Edinburgh…unfortunately it was too bright to see any stars…but we got fantastic views of Edinburgh from the roof…

At the planetarium, they recommended this fantastic piece of free sofware “stellarium” that tells you exactly what you are seeing when you look up at the sky, you just enter where you are. Its multi platform and definitely worth a look.

architectural details of the observatory:

P1180017The copper dome: it rotates and each panel can open to allow the telescope a view of the sky, it’s like Victorian James Bond…

P1180032the moon and the gargoyle

P1180038guttering!

P1180059 P1180060 P1180062the stairs to the telescope

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