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Mills Observatory, Dundee

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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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  • A great place I have visited in August and again today. An amazing experience looking at the planets and stars. The staff are really informative and passionate about what they do. A very cool place an...  more »
  • My husband and I had a lovely evening up at the observatory, was really good to talk to Robbie who knows so much and helped give us ideas on how to use our own telescope. It was really nice to speak t...  more »
  • We went up to have a look even though it was a bit foggy early January and very glad we did! There was a guide there who said it was too misty to see anything through the telescope,but would we like a...  more »
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  • The first time I came here with my son we managed to see Jupiter through one of the telescopes. A fantastic free resource run by knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff.
  • 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.
  • The world's largest paper mache dome
  • Great experience..
  • shuda forked out for a better optical instead of that crappy St Andrews one.