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Mills Observatory, Dundee

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4.1/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
The Mills Observatory in Dundee, Scotland, is the first purpose-built public astronomical observatory in the UK. Built in 1935, the observatory is classically styled in sandstone and has a distinctive 7 m dome, which houses a Victorian refracting telescope, a small planetarium, and display areas. The dome is one of two made from papier-mâché to survive in the UK, the other being at the Godlee Observatory.TelescopesThe main telescope is a 400mm Dobsonian reflector that was acquired in 2013. The observatory also houses a Victorian 0.25m Cooke refractor, with a focal length of 3.75 m. It was made in Edinburgh in 1871 by Robert Bruce and the optical components are of the highest quality. The telescope is actually older than the building. The dome also houses a 0.3m Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, which was purchased in 2006. When the Mills Observatory opened on 28 October 1935, it originally housed a 450mm reflecting telescope, constructed by the Newcastle based company of Grubb Parsons. The dome itself is made of papier-mâché with a steel frame, and was also supplied by Grubb Parsons. Refracting telescopes have long been regarded as the superior instrument for planetary observing. During the winter evening hours, given clear sky conditions, the telescope is used to show the public the night sky.
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  • Great visitor attraction if the conditions are right. Probably best on a clear winter's night when there would be loads of stars and planets to see. Staff are great, knowledgeable and very enthusiasti...  read more »
  • I was only here for a Dunfermline match at Dundee Utd but my friend has a degree in Astonomy.To me it was a pleasant walk past cypresses,redwoods,cedars etc but he told me about the modern telescope a...  read more »
  • Lovely walk through Balgay park to the observatory, Interesting visit and staff are very helpful and more than willing to answer questions. 
  • A great place for budding astronomers. An observatory open for the public with knowledgeable volunteers to help sighting the interesting astronomical objects in the sky. The telescopes they have are not super powerful but good enough for e.g. spot the rings of Jupiter.
  • shuda forked out for a better optical instead of that crappy St Andrews one.
  • Very good for adults and children
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