New telescope installed at Clanfield Observatory

Dave Harris project manager of the installation, with the new 24inch Ritchey-Chreti�n telescope at the Clanfield Observatory.''Picture: 'Graham Bryant

Dave Harris project manager of the installation, with the new 24inch Ritchey-Chreti�n telescope at the Clanfield Observatory.''Picture: 'Graham Bryant

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A WORLD-class telescope that will give spectacular views of the sky will be unveiled today.

Professor Graham Galbraith, vice-chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, will officially open it at Clanfield Observatory, which is run by Hampshire Astronomical Group.

The telescope, weighing more than a tonne, has a mirror 24 inches in diameter and is of a Ritchey-Chretién design – the same as the Hubble Space Telescope. Graham Bryant, chairman of the group, said: ‘An important advantage of this telescope is that the observing position is accessible from ground level and thus makes this telescope accessible to the disabled and those people who are less able to climb tall steps – a necessity with the previous telescope.’

Revamping the observatory has cost £106,000.

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