Its origins base on a first observatory on the roof of the Zunfthaus zur Meisen. In 1759, so called «Astronomische Kommission» succeeded from this location for the first time, to define Culminatio solis and thus calculated the exact global location of the city of Zurich. In later years, astronomical observations were done from the Grossmünster’s southern «Karl’s tower», followed by scientific obsevations (not for public use by interested enthusiasts) from the Federal observatory, built 1861/64 for ETH Zürich by Gottfried Semper.
In 1899, the Zürich merchant Abraham Weill Einstein initiated the oldest observatory in Switzerland, situated near Werdmühleplatz (Uraniastrasse). On June 15, 1907, the observatory was given to operational use. Its approximately 51 meter high tower, dominating western end of Zurich’s historical Altstadt.
I captured this photograph during by city tour of Zurich.
Equipment : Canon EOS 7D, Tamron 28 – 300 mm lens @ 274 mm
Av – F8.0, Tv – 1/200 Sec, ISO – 100. Hand Held.
Location : Zurich, Switzerland
Processing : Single RAW file was processed in Photomatix 4.2 & CS6 for color, levels & sharpening. :)
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