The Marina Towers Observatory

Swansea Marina
Swansea

The Marina Towers Observatory

Historical Feature

Overview

L5 Observatory
No votes yet

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.

Further Information
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

Location:

Javascript is required to view this map.

Comments

Connections

Compare related sites, explore the related maps, find out about volunteering, how to get here and more. Soon, you will find ways to share this map here, too.

Getting Here

Contacts

Every site using the same primary Icon on Open Green Map is automatically linked here. You can compare different approaches and solutions on this map and others around the world.
Related Sites Worldwide
Choose a connections category from the list on the left.

Multimedia

L5 Observatory

The Observatory

image added by Sustainable Swansea

Impacts

No impacts have been left for this site yet - be the first!

Donate to GreenMaps