The 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Observatory

Melbourne Observatory had a long wait for an “official” opening – 150 years, to be precise. After a decade of astronomical operations, the Williamstown Observatory was closed and a transfer of equipment took place in 1863 to grand new facilities on land excised from the Government House reserve, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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We are pleased to report that the Copland Foundation has pledged support of $70,000 to the Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration project.

We also have generous offers of support in kind from engineering companies, including Marand Precision Engineering, Pizzey Engineering and United Service Technologies.

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Restoration Work Surges Forward!

The ASV team is very proud to report that we have come through the “hard yards” of Stage 1 of the GMT Restoration Project (dismantling, drawing and cataloguing), and we are now comfortably progressing into the “sweeter metres” of Stage 2 (design and construction).

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Slow but steady progress

With slow but steady progress; we are now at workshop #125. We have catalogued all the GMT parts, cleaned them, understood them, and are halfway through photographing, describing and documenting them; so far about 500 pages of optical, mechanical and electrical engineering plans have been drafted. Some broken castings have also been repaired.

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Governor joins advisory group

The Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, has agreed to join the advisory group for the project. Professor de Kretser is one of several community leaders, educators and astronomers who have expressed enthusiasm for the project. We are very grateful for their support and advice. See the full list.