n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Port Elizabeth People's Observatory Society




After 66 years of introducing South Africans to the wonders of the night sky, the 1891 Port Elizabeth Thomas Cooke & Sons 8-inch refractor has departed our shores. It's a leave-taking that inspires mixed emotions. On the plus side, the grand old telescope is to be restored to its original ex-works condition as centrepiece of a telescope history museum and working observatory in Napa County, California. It will be surrounded by late 19th century historic telescopes by Clark, Grubb, and Brashear. Most important, it will be used to introduce young people and the public to the wonders of astronomy. A more promising future could hardly be imagined.


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