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Woolston Observatory (MPC Code 993)

Woolston was the site of Dr. R.L.(Reggie) Waterfield's observatory from 1968 until his death in 1986 and was assigned Minor Planet Observatory code 993. The telescopes were moved there from the Ascot Observatory in the grounds of Imperial College London's field station at Silwood Park, Sunninghill, near Ascot.

The location of the observatory (now demolished) is shown here, and the coordinates from Google Earth are:

Longitude 002 30' 21.00" W, latitude 51 02' 49.62" N, height 91 m

The following pictures were taken by P. Birtwhistle on 3rd Oct 1981 during one of a number of visits to the observatory.


Observatory with electrically operated sliding roof partially open and rotated, looking east.


6" Cooke refractor and 6" Cooke photographic triplet, clockwork drive with manual slow motion, sidereal clock


6" Cooke refractor and 6" Cooke photographic triplet with full plate holder


Star map table with SAO catalogues and lightbox, single direction plate measuring machine, Brusviga lever-set calculating machine and index card boxes containing IAU circulars


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