The Telescope Today


View of the Telescope

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Telescope & Dome

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William Peck's Signature on the back of the mirror - "Quality very fine"

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New mirror cell legend added in 1999

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New mirror cell legend - detail

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Around the Observatory

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Using the Telescope

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The Telescope Today

Mirror


The prime optical component of the telescope is a 12.5 inch, front silvered glass mirror. It was manufactured in 1889 to Willam Peck's specification.

Mirror Holder


Made of wood and designed to support the whole mirror back. It has been replaced by a modern, adjustable holder.

Eyepieces


The original eyepieces went missing many years ago. Current eyepieces are all modern and offer superb optics.

Camera


Made of wood and designed to take 4" square glass plates, it has been repalced with a modern digital camera.

Mount


An equatorial mount designed by Peck himself. It worked with a weight driven clockwork mechanism, of which part still exists.

Dome

the dome
Made of copper, it has aged gracefully to a beautiful verdigris colour. The dome rotates by hand.

Entrance Arch


Showing the twelve signs of the Zodia around the arch.