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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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  • We had a great time being taught about the sky at night, saw the full moon in detail and learned a lot about the planets and stars. The Gentleman talking us through and explaining was very approachabl...  more »
  • We went to the weekly Friday night star show at the Observatory, and had a great experience. The facility is small, we were part of probably 25 total guests. The presentation (very inexpensive) starte...  more »
  • This would have been one of the best attractions ever if there hadn't been so many people sharing it. Initial presentation was very good and set out what we were going to see. Then up to the telescope...  more »
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  • Was great looking at our universe and learning so much more, we always look into the sky but to actually see saturn, and the moon so closely, opens your mind to soo much more! The young man was soo friendly also teaching us alot.
  • Beautiful view...high tech equipment and staff that know what they are talking about.
  • Lovely and educational