Fernley Observatory Open Day Hesketh Park in Southport (Sun 28 Aug)


Fernley Observatory Open Day Hesketh Park in Southport (Sun 28 Aug)

The Fernley Astronomical Observatory in Hesketh Park, Southport will be open to the public today.

The Fernley Observatory, built in 1901, houses a Thomas Cook six-inch refractor telescope which was made in 1869.

The observatory and telescope was given as a public gift by its owner Joseph Baxendell Jr in memory of his father.

It is now managed by the Fernley Observatory Heritage Group which is are working with the Parks department of Sefton Council to restore the observatory into a working centre for the study of astronomy and space research.

There will be displays of astronomy hardware, talks by members of the Southport Astronomical Society and others, and displays of space rockets and information on space exploration.


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