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We found our photometer back in Czechia!

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#1 Daniel Malaise

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Posted 12 February 2021 - 09:15 AM

Good news! As incredible as it may seem, we found “our” photometer back!

 

A few weeks ago, my son took contact with the Ondřejov Observatory and asked if they possibly could find the spectrophotometer back somewhere in their cellar or attic…

 

And they did! We received a very kind answer and are very grateful! We will travel to Czechia as soon as the sanitary conditions permit it, to bring this “relic” back to our archives smile.gif

 

You can read more and follow the story on our astronomy blog.

 

Have fun and stay tuned!

 

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#2 Daniel Malaise

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Posted 16 February 2021 - 01:45 AM

What an incredible twist of fate… Nearly 50 years after its first arrival in Czechia, the photometer will come back to the "principality of Liège".

 

In the 1970s, crossing the border to go to Prague for comets study was no easy task... Because of the Iron Curtain, it sometimes took hours!

 

There was the first fortified barrier, the watchtower, the guard talking on the radio with the custom house 3-400 meters away, which was also fortified. They would take your passport and disappear, you had no idea what they were doing... You never knew how long it would take!



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Posted 16 February 2021 - 09:40 AM

 

In the 1970s, crossing the border to go to Prague for comets study was no easy task... Because of the Iron Curtain, it sometimes took hours!

 

 

In the mid 1960's I went on a school trip from London to Moscow. Security on the train through Berlin was "interesting". The irony is, thanks to Brexit it is now easier for you to bring your equipment back to Liège than it would be from London frown.gif




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