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Turnov Observatory (Hvezdárna Turnov) - Turnov, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vraatja
N 50° 34.759 E 015° 09.761
33U E 511518 N 5603057
Quick Description: Astronomical observatory on the hill Vrchhura above city Turnov (North Bohemia).
Location: Liberecký kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 8/20/2018 11:23:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ0H0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member snaik
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Long Description:
The observatory is located on a hill named Vrchhura (the south-east part of Turnov, along road E442). It was opened on May 2, 1974. The observatory is open to the public every first Sunday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm. Evening observations can be arranged individually at the below telephone contacts.

The equipment includes an amateur-designed 160/2500 mm refraction telescope purchased after 1990 from the estate of Mr. Vinš. The Czech Astronomical Society lent the Turnov Observatory a high-quality, Lichtenknecker 150/2250 mm refraction telescope. The telescopes are placed on a massive German parallactic assembly. The assembly was made in the early 1970s in Turnov (Sklárské srojírny a závody, Dioptra).

Both refraction telescopes have a chromospheric LUNT 60 mm telescope that was lent by SUNDISK and a 9x50 viewfinder. The Baader-Herschel prism is used to observe the photosphere of the Sun. In addition, extensive accessories are used (eyepieces, filters).

Portable binoculars are used during observations on the terrace or on the grounds of the observatory (90, 100, 125 mm), as are large Dobsonian telescopes (10 ", 12", 16 "). In the interior, you can see an original Coude telescope that is fully functional, but because of its weight, it is not too mobile.

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Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: Yes

Radio Telescopes?: No

Open to the Public?: Yes

Public Viewing Allowed?: Yes

Active Observatory?: Active

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 2

Site URL: [Web Link]

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1974

Altitude (meters): 320

Solar Telescopes?: Not listed

Is this a Club Observatory?: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Note the time of day of your visit, and your own photo of your favorite part of the observatory. This might be the view from the observatory, picture of your favorite building or favorite exhibit. (Be mindful of flash photography rules!)

If you participated in an observing session, let everyone know what you saw!

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