The impressive Fernley Astronomical Observatory at Hesketh Park, Southport will open to the public on Saturday, April 25 2015.

The observatory, which was believed to be the first public observatory in the country, houses a spectacular Cook 6 inch telescope which was donated by Joseph Baxendell Jnr in memory of his late father of the same name in 1901.

The Fernley Astronomical Observatory in Hesketh Park, Southport will have six public open days this season.

The structure, 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.

For more details call 01704 231685.

Further Fernley Observatory Public Awareness Open Days at Hesketh park will take place on:

May 31, June 27, July 26, August 29.


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