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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 continues to manage the Harry Bayley Observatory, the official re-opening of which is planned for mid-March 2014.
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  • What a brilliant experience! Informative & inspiring! A top notch visit with Prof Ade sharing information about this world and others! Highly recommended! If you are travelling to Barbados, save a Fri...  read more »
  • We visited the Observatory on 19th August - two Barbadians with 6 U.S.A. friends and relatives. We were given a most informative lecture with video presentation before ascending the stairs to the Obse...  read more »
  • an excellent evening! Our guide was very informative and I came away with some amazing pictures of the moon! This place needs much more advertising as lots of tourists would visit if onlythey knew it ...  read more »
  • Beautiful view...high tech equipment and staff that know what they are talking about.
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