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#1 xavier

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:06 AM

Just discovered a beautiful page about the Observatory of the University of Ghent.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:25 AM

Very nice pictures and nice website. Good find Xavier! It's a shame there are not more details on the scopes on the webpage - maybe my Flemish is not what it used to be! :roflmao:

What is the refractor in the lab room?

Last question, have you been to it? I have been to Ghent visiting friends - may actually go again this summer...for another reason!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:34 AM

Hi Roberto,
There is a special website (http://www.rug-a-pie..._telescoop.html) about the historical telescope.
It's a 9" Steinheil.
No idea about the telescope in the lab room. Contacted the people of the observatory for more information.

Ghent is nearby from where I live. Would be nice to go together.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:42 AM

Excellent Xavier. Will check with the wife who has to approve all things! :p

Thank you for the link also.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:29 AM

Neat scope.

waarvoor dient dit instrument? graag uw reactie!
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That is a Solar intensity or Sun shine recorder. I forget the exact latin name for it. As the sun moves across the sky, the lens records the amount of sunlight present against time of day by burning a varying stripe across graph paper held in the semicircular part. Here is a better photo of a similar solar incidince recorder

Sunshine recorders use solar cells today. There are a lot of meterorlogical instruments at the observitory. wonderful place, they seem to appreciate the classics while also making room for a meade. Wish I had that Siderial grandfather clock.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

The Volkssterrenwacht Armand Pien (Belgian weatherman) houses the superb 22,8 cm (f/11) Monckhoven refractor (1880) by Carl August Steinheil & Sohne and mount by Thomas Cooke & Sons.
But the observatory in the heart of Gent probably also houses a refractor made by Dutch ATM Piet G. Meesters (could anyone confirm? - see right in lower photo).
Both beautiful classic refractors/instruments
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http://www.rug-a-pie..._telescoop.html

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

Yes the telescope on the green pier is a P.Meesters one.It looks like a 120mm refractor.I have owned several of these ( still have a 80mm )and most of them are great with lenses of Steinheil,Busch,Carl Bamberg etc.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

Jan,
That's a very beautiful Meester's.
What period?
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

This one is made between 1938 and 1946.It has a lens of NEDOPTIFA UTRECHT ( NEDerlandse OPTIek FAbrieken UTRECHT )After 1946 the company moved to Zeist and the name on the lens cell changed to NEDOPTIFA ZEIST.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

Thanks for this information, Jan.
Never heard of this brand.
Interesting scope. Would love to see it for real.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

Thanks for the confirmation Jan... it looks like that this particular Piet G. Meesters (1887-1964) refractor was built in the early 1950s...

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:16 AM

Any idea of its value ( for insurance purposes ? )
Of course they could insure it at the value/cost of a new replacement refractor & mount (let's say Euro 2500.00) :imawake: :gotpopcorn:

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:01 AM

This week Kijkerbouw.be ATM group of the University of Gent tested the lens ( inscribed 'Steinheil in Muenchen No 9779' ) and had to adjust it in the bronze OTA.
Medio October 2014, the 23 cm Monckhoven refractor will be operational again at the Volkssterrenwacht Armand Pien in Gent for the general public...






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