City Observatory, Edinburgh

Duncan Waldron

Camira, Australia

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Pinhole photograph. Paper negative, 20×16 inches; exposure a few minutes(?) at f330 approx. Toned and custom unsharp-masked in PSP. The image shows the large tube camera with a 35mm body on top:

This is the former Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. Built in 1811 for the Edinburgh Astronomical Institution, it was granted Royal status after the visit of George IV in 1822. The design is modelled on a Greek ‘Temple of the winds’, and it was intended to house a number of astronomical instruments. It functioned as the Royal Observatory until 1896, when that institution was relocated to Blackford Hill, and this site passed into the care of Edinburgh City Council. From 1924 until 2009, the building was home to the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh – the ‘successor’ to the Astronomical Institution, but was vacated in 2009 due to continual vandalism and maintenance problems.

The telescope currently housed in this building is a 6-inch (150mm) photovisual refractor made by Thomas Cooke of York, England.

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