Harry Bayley Observatory, Bridgetown

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Named after Dr. Harry Bayley, distinguished Barbadian and keen amateur astronomer, the Harry Bayley Observatory is the only one of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean. Situated in Clapham, St. Michael, the Observatory was officially opened in 1963. Thanks to the help and generosity of the Sfumato Foundation, the Observatory has been refurbished and re-equipped. Its primary instrument is now a 16-inch Meade telescope.

The Harry Bayley Observatory is the home of the Barbados Astronomical Society, founded on June 12, 1956, by Dr. Harry Bayley and Mr. Eustace Thomas. When Dr. Bayley died in 1958, the membership voted to erect an observatory in his memory. An acre of land at Clapham, St. Michael, was donated for the site of the building which was designed by the late Barbara Hill. Following a five-year campaign of fund-raising by members and donations from a kind public, the observatory was constructed and finally dedicated in January 1963.

Now registered as an incorporated, non-profit organization, The Barbados Astronomical Society, Inc. continues to manage the observatory.
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  • My wife & I visited the observatory. Jupiter was in opposition. Lovely viewing through the telescope. Informative presentations as part of the programme. Well worth the trip  more »
  • This is a very informative evening with the Professor covering the basics of the solar system before covering his passion topic - Asteroids. Having scared us all with stories of near-misses, and a cli...  more »
  • On a clear Friday night, the talk at the observatory was really interesting, then about 12 of us went up to look at the night sky and all took turns looking at the moon and Sirius through the telescop...  more »
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  • First visit and it won't be my last will go in summer to see more of our beautiful universe.. Well done very knowledgeable volunteers.
  • very interesting you actually get a go of the telescope
  • I this is amazing, you get to star gaze all night until 9:00. There is this big electrical telescope on the top of the roof in the dome that navigation automatically once the tour guide set the location on the device it sets to the Moon, North Star, Jupiter etc.
  • Fantastic place to visit in Barbados.
  • It was a great experience being able to look through the telescope at the stars and the moon. I was too late for the lecture but I enjoyed being educated on the stars and space by the various staff. My advice would be to go on a night with a full moon if you want to see that and a moonless night if you would like to see more stars.
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