Lassell's telescope

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a small JCB lifts a large green telescope onto the back of a flatbed truck

The telescope being carefully removed from the gallery.

It's been a bit of a slow week news-wise in the web office, so I'm reduced to posting an interesting photo that was taken some weeks ago now. It's a rather large telescope being permanently removed from what was then the Conservation Centre (now the National Conservation Centre). The telescope is a replica of one used by William Lassell, a Liverpool astronomer. The original was the first telescope mounted equatorially to allow tracking of the stars over long periods. Lassell is famous for having discovered several planetary satellites including Triton, moon of Neptune (1846) and Ariel and Umbriel, satellites of Uranus (1851).

Actually, while the night skies are so clear it might be a good time to get out there and see what you can see. Our Nightwatch section will help you identify what you spot.