Friday, 25 October 2013

Telescope, Warrumbungle Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW

Anglo-Australian Astronomical Observatory is a 3.9 meter optical telescope the largest in Australia, situated at an altitude of a little over 1100 m. The dome is 36m high, - 118 feet.
The telescope is housed with a seven-story, circular, concrete building. It was designed to withstand the high winds prevailing at that location. The slit is narrow. The dome is required to move with the telescope to avoid obstruction.

Of course we decided to venture up the mountain to take a peek and some photos. A short distance from our destination we heard a noise in the 4wheel drive's back wheel, upon investigation it was discovered that an Allen key was lodged in the tyre. Everything was taken out of the back and tyre changed but being a Sunday no place was open in Coonabarabran to have the tyre repaired, so we drove some distance to the next town for repairs the next morning.


Art on the walk.




Taken through a window.




The mishap!

6 comments:

  1. Oh that is amazing telescope M I would love to see that one at night:)You always see the nicest places on your trips so sorry about the allen key in the tire. That is a strange thing to pick up. Your mechanic looks like he has done that before and he knew what he was doing :) Take case. hugs xoxoG

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    1. Be great to look through that telescope at night, see all kinds of different things.
      Well you not wrong about the Allen key, strange but true. Oh yes, the mechanic is a handy man to have around :) Hugs M xox

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    1. Yes it was indeed, but worse things could have happened.

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  3. Oh gosh I would love to look through one of those super huge telescopes..just once in my life! Sorry about the flat...something always happens!

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    1. Would be nice to look. Yes, something often happens as a flat tyre, that's life :)

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