The Marina Towers Observatory

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The Marina Towers Observatory

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The Marina Towers Observatory of the Swansea Astronomical Society is the largest interstellar observatory in Wales and it houses a Shafer-Maksutov catadioptic telescope. At 500 mm diameter, the telescope is the largest of its type in the world. It was built for the Society by one of its members, the late Dr. Fred Jenkins, between 1988 and 1992. On a visit you will see a wonderful David Pearl stained glass feature at the head of the tower's spiral staircase with excellent views of the Bay below, as well as the skies above. The aims of the Society has always been "to further the knowledge of and to stimulate public interest in the science of Astronomy, also to promote and conduct research into problems related thereto" and this is as relevant to today's Society as it was when it formed in 1948. Next year the Society, the oldest in Wales, celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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The Swansea Astronomical Society link and collaborate with six other South Wales Astronomical Societies to promote and popularise astronomy. They host bi-monthly astronomy talks at Swansea University, Autumn 'Star Parties' open to the general public and encourage visits from schools. During July and August the Marina Towers observatory exhibition and telescope are open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1.00-4.00pm.

01792 873334


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