Potential telescope restoration project

Potential telescope restoration project

The Bath Astronomers have been contacted about a recently rediscovered telescope in an observatory building just outside Bath. Previously believing the building was empty, it wasn’t until part of the roof collapsed that it was realised there was a big blue telescope inside.

The equatorial mount was made by John Browning who was building in the second half of the 19th century. The focusing tube on the telescope is engraved with the manufacturer’s name Troughton & Simms who were building in a similar period.

The focal length of the telescope is 9 foot and the front objective lens is 7 inches in diameter. Work is required to clean up the lens and fix the focuser.

The mount appears to be in a reasonable condition so the work will focus of getting the dome watertight and allowing it to rotate again.

Opportunity for new community observatory

A new restoration project has appeared on the horizon to potentially create a new community stargazing and STEM resource in the area based on a 19th century 9 foot refracting telescope.The Telescope appears to be made by Troughton & Simms and sits upon a John Browning equatorial mount. The objective lens is 7" in diameter. Work is required on the optics, the mount and the observatory before it could be used for public and school observing. Currently in touch with members of the Society for the the History of Astronomy on how best to proceed.Music by Bensound www.bensound.com

Posted by Bath Astronomers on Saturday, 17 August 2019
9ft focal length and 7inch objective