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Historically, observatories were as simple as containing a sextant (for measuring the distance between stars) or Stonehenge (which has some alignments on astronomical phenomena). Modern astronomical observatories typically contain one or more permanently mounted telescopes contained in buildings with a rotating or removable dome.
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  • The 'Astronomical Observatory' must be a permanent facility.
  • A permanent mount for the telescope is required, minimally a pier for the telescope.
  • Observation buildings should have a movable overhead structure, though radio observatories will clearly be an exception.
  • Please make a single entry for observatories with multiple telescopes.
  • Active and retired facilities are welcome.

    It is your responsibility to obtain permission of the owner before waymarking a private observatory.

  • Instructions for Posting a Astronomical Observatories Waymark:

    Include a default close-up photo and an area photo of the observatory site taken by you.
    Additional photos with proper credits may also be posted.
    -- Please do a search for additional information and fill in the variables as completely as you can.
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    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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    • Observatory Purpose
    • Optical / Infrared Telescopes?
    • Radio Telescopes?
    • Solar Telescopes?
    • Open to the Public?
    • Is this a Club Observatory?
    • Public Viewing Allowed?
    • Active Observatory?
    • Number of Telescopes or Antennas
    • Site URL
    • Year Dedicated or Opened
    • Altitude (meters)
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    Image for Sternwarte in Nippes - Köln, NRW, Germanyview gallery

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesSternwarte in Nippes - Köln, NRW, Germany

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    DE: Die Sternwarte ist Teil des Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasiums in Köln-Nippes. EN: The observatory is part of the Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasium in Cologne-Nippes.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member FamilieFrohne

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 11/29/2020

    last visited: 12/2/2020

    Image for Alte Bonner Sternwarteview gallery

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesAlte Bonner Sternwarte

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    At the old Bonner observatory Mr. Argelander created a method to collected the data and published in 1863 the catalogue "Bonner Durchmusterung" (BD) that included 324,198 stars.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member metasokol

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 1/20/2008

    last visited: 10/31/2016

    Image for Weltraumbeobachtungsradar TIRA - NRW / Germanyview gallery

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesWeltraumbeobachtungsradar TIRA - NRW / Germany

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    Research radar of Fraunhofer FHR

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Iris & Harry

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 6/25/2017

    last visited: 1/2/2018

    Image for Radioteleskop-Effelsberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germanyview gallery

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesRadioteleskop-Effelsberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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    The Effelsberg 100-m Radio Telescope is a radio telescope in the Ahrgebirge. It is operated by the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member argus1972

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 6/5/2017

    last visited: 11/29/2017

    Image for Sternwarte Aachen am Hangeweiherview gallery

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesSternwarte Aachen am Hangeweiher

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    The observatoy of Volkshochschule Aachen

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member moose61

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 10/20/2012

    last visited: 10/19/2012

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesSterrewacht Kattevennen, Genk, Belgium

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    Europlanetarium/Sterrewacht, Kattevennen, Genk, Belgium

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TeamYakara

    location: Limburg, Belgium

    date approved: 5/26/2020

    last visited: 5/30/2020

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    Astronomical ObservatoriesSternwarte für Gymnasien

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    Small observatory for schools in Irsch

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member speedwalkers

    location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

    date approved: 12/20/2008

    last visited: 9/12/2017

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