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L'observatoire du jardin des plantes - Montpellier - France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
N 43° 36.873 E 003° 52.272
31T E 570298 N 4829431
Quick Description: C'est en 1879 qu'est érigée cette coupole dotée d'un télescope de Foucault de très grande qualité. It was in 1879 that this cupola was erected with a Foucault telescope of very high quality.
Location: Occitanie, France
Date Posted: 4/29/2017 6:26:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMVKFH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member snaik
Views: 8

Long Description:
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"Leur objectif : implanter, dans le Jardin anglais, un observatoire abritant un télescope de Foucault.
Martins s’y oppose fermement, alléguant des raisons d’ordre édaphique (point bas, sol sablonneux, nappe phréatique élevée), météorologique (brumes fréquentes, inondations brutales) et paysager (écran arboré, obstacle de la Tours des Pins et de
la Cathédrale). Le litige remonte jusqu’aux autorités de tutelle qui finissent par trancher en faveur des scientifiques : l’Observatoire sera construit à l’emplacement prévu, entre le Grand bassin et la nouvelle serre...
/...L’auteur met en doute la compétence architectonique des astronomes et qualifie de “ marabout algérien” la construction circulaire surmontée de sa coupole blanche : un impertinent sobriquet, qu’elle conservera jusqu’à nos jours !.../...
Quant à l’observatoire astronomique, objet de la controverse, il ne fonctionnera que durant quelques années. Délaissé par les astro-physiciens eux-mêmes, son télescope sera déposé au musée de la Faculté des Sciences. Toutefois, dans les années 1980, il
trouvera un renouveau d’activité avec l’installation d’un planétarium, avant d’être définitivement abandonné."

"Their objective: to establish, in the English Garden, an observatory sheltering a Foucault telescope.
Martins strongly opposes it, alleging reasons of edaphic nature (low point, sandy soil, high water table), meteorological (frequent mists, brutal floods) and landscaped (wooded screen, obstacle of the Towers of the Pines and
Cathedral). The dispute goes back to the supervisory authorities, which ultimately decide in favor of the scientists: the Observatory will be built at the planned site between the Grand Basin and the new greenhouse ...
The author questions the architectural competence of astronomers and describes the circular construction surmounted by his white cupola as an "Algerian marabout": an impertinent sobriquet, which she will preserve until today! ..
As for the astronomical observatory, the object of controversy, it will only work for a few years. Abandoned by the astro-physicists themselves, his telescope will be deposited in the museum of the Faculty of Sciences. However, in the 1980s,
Will find a renewal of activity with the installation of a planetarium, before being definitively abandoned."
Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: No

Radio Telescopes?: No

Solar Telescopes?: No

Open to the Public?: Yes

Is this a Club Observatory?: No

Public Viewing Allowed?: No

Active Observatory?: Retired

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 1

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1879

Site URL: Not listed

Altitude (meters): Not Listed

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