Coats Observatory, Paisley

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  • The Observatory can be visited only in combination with the the Paisly Museum, to which it is connected and that only in the context of a guided tour. This tour is conducted by volunteers and takes about 45 minutes. You informed very well about the history of the Observatory. In addition to various models to astronomy is also the actual Observatory dome with the historic telescope.
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  • They have this attraction little valued, as everything there is in Paisley. But it really is that it is a wonderful place. He is accessed from the Museum, and if you ask inside, make you a guided visit to the Observatory. You'll normally be your only because as I have said, it does not seem a very exploited attraction. Also harbors a secret, and if you go Thursday or Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm, they have the large telescope for use to the public and pointing directly to the Moon! It is quite interesting.
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  • Great small local observatory, we are very lucky to have this in Paisley. If you get the chance go to one of the winter viewing evenings,to have a look out of the telescopes and wonder at the universe...  more »
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  • It's a good place to visit. You need to go through the museum to gain access to the building. It's free to visit. If you have mobility issue's it's stair all the way up to the top. The video presentation was good.
  • Very cool experience. Want to come back in winter time when you can actually look through it!
  • This could be OK if only they would actually clean things up a bit (the place is very tatty) and know something of what they are talking about. Maybe it was a bad day but when I visited the guide's talk consisted quite literally of "This is a telescope. It was made in 1880 at the same time the building was built. Any questions". She quite literally knew nothing of her subject. Obviously there is a limit to how much a tiny provincial museum like this can manage but they have an observatory, albeit a tiny one. They have a planetarium (not in use when I visited and similarly tiny) a film presentation and a building to show it all in. So there is no excuse for then locking the building up only to have it unlocked by someone who knows nothing and apparently has no interest in let alone enthusiasm for the subject. One of the rare occasions when it is people at such an exhibition that let it down. Even with their limited resource they have enough to inspire and educate and they failed to do either.
  • Despite it's clear under funding the by the council, the observatory has been a place of wonderment for me since childhood. The staff are very knowledgeable and thee are a few gems to behold once there, including the Coates telescope which is well over 100 years old, and is still in use today. Well worth a visit if you are in town...
  • Good for the kids to learn
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