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  • Astronomical society are seeing stars after wave of visitors

    Danielle Thompson

    MEMBERS of the Southport Astronomical Society have been seeing stars after their open days at their Observatory went down a storm!

    The group held a number of open days at their base in Hesketh Park, home to local Victorian astronomer Joseph Baxendale’s 19th century telescope. Over the last few months many locals and tourists have visited the observatory to see the telescope in action and to find out about Baxendale, his work and astronomy today.

    Most recently, members of the Formby U3A Science Group visited the Grade II listed observatory. Society members described the 1869 Cooke telescope and what its capabilities were, together with the historic characters connected with its arrival in Southport, and its placement in Hesketh Park.

    If you would like to visit the observatory the next open day will be from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday, July 28. Entrance is free. If you are a member of a group or club that might like to come along to the observatory contact Bob Mount by emailing ramount@talktalk.net to arrange a visit or visit southportastro.org for more information.


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