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Mills Observatory, Dundee
(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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  • I booked an event for the evening where we were given an informative lecture and display of what to look for in the heavens over the next month. The evening sky was projected onto a large curved scree...  more »
  • We found it a great place to visit, But be aware its a bit of a hard to get to the top of the hill, the only down side was it was not in use on the day but the guy we spoke to was very knowledgeable a...  more »
  • If you need something free or very cheap to do with kids check out the Saturday afternoon events at the Observatory. As well as being a really cool place to visit, it's atop a steep hill in Balgay Par...  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.