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xavier
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Reged: 10/31/07

Loc: Belgium
Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium
      #5680684 - 02/15/13 05:06 AM

Just discovered a beautiful page about the Observatory of the University of Ghent.
Xavier


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R Botero
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Reged: 01/02/09

Loc: Kent, England
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: xavier]
      #5680691 - 02/15/13 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!

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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xavier
sage


Reged: 10/31/07

Loc: Belgium
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: R Botero]
      #5680693 - 02/15/13 05:34 AM

Hi Roberto,
There is a special website (http://www.rug-a-pien.be/_historische_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.

Xavier


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R Botero
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Reged: 01/02/09

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Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: xavier]
      #5680700 - 02/15/13 05:42 AM

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

Thank you for the link also.

Roberto


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dgreyson
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Reged: 11/06/12

Loc: South Carolina
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: xavier]
      #5680775 - 02/15/13 07:29 AM

Neat scope.

waarvoor dient dit instrument? graag uw reactie!
= What is this instrument?like your comment!

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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PhilCo126
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Reged: 01/14/05

Loc: coastline of Belgium
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: dgreyson]
      #5683011 - 02/16/13 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

http://www.rug-a-pien.be/_historische_telescoop.html





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javago
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Reged: 11/02/04

Loc: Geldrop-Netherlands
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5683512 - 02/16/13 01:14 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

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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xavier
sage


Reged: 10/31/07

Loc: Belgium
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: javago]
      #5683697 - 02/16/13 03:00 PM

Jan,
That's a very beautiful Meester's.
What period?
Xavier


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javago
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Reged: 11/02/04

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Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: xavier]
      #5683729 - 02/16/13 03:27 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

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.
Jan

Edited by javago (02/16/13 03:31 PM)


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xavier
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Reged: 10/31/07

Loc: Belgium
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: javago]
      #5683918 - 02/16/13 05:26 PM

Thanks for this information, Jan.
Never heard of this brand.
Interesting scope. Would love to see it for real.
Xavier


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PhilCo126
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Reged: 01/14/05

Loc: coastline of Belgium
Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: xavier]
      #5686798 - 02/18/13 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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PhilCo126
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Re: Observatory of the University of Ghent, Belgium new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5697771 - 02/24/13 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)


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