Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre

16th May 2007

Twenty members and their guests attended this visit to the observatory. Our guide gave us an excellent tour of four of the Telescope domes and kept us entertained for almost two hours. As a retired Engineer and keen amateur Astronomer, himself he was able to provide us with an insight into the history and purpose of the site and the different types of telescope house in each of the domes. He demonstrated how each of the telescopes had been used, explained some of the discoveries made with them, showed us how they were operated and in one of the domes demonstrated the roof opening mechanism and the dome turnstile. Because of the nature of our visit we were able to go into areas not normally available to the general public.

Ray Wort