n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - McClean Telescope back in service : news notes

Volume 71, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The group "Friends of the Cape Town Observatory" has been concerned for a long time about the deterioration of the older telescopes and their buildings. The McClean telescope that dates from the late 1890s had suffered particularly from neglect. No money and little technical effort were available to attend to buildings and instruments that are not in active use for research. This in spite of the fact that the McClean telescope is one of the most popular items shown to visitors on open nights and that many schoolchildren visit the Observatory, particularly this telescope and the Astronomical Museum next to it.

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