Gallery - The Athenaeum observatory
This gallery of pictures taken by AAA Chair, Dr Richard Young, shows the Victorian telescope and observatory based in Bury St Edmunds'
historical Athenaeum building on Angel Hill.
One of the main aims of the AAA is to restore this wonderful part of our heritage so that it can be returned to public use. If you are interested in becoming
a 'Friend' of the AAA and getting involved in this rewarding restoration project,
please contact us.
Entrance to the observatory staircase, inside the Athenaeum building
Climbing the staircase
Halfway there! Looking back from the first landing
The final ascent!
Through the trapdoor
Old star charts still on display!
The Victorian Troughton & Simms 4-inch refractor telescope
And from the other side!
Part of the clockwork drive system
Detail from the telescope mount
The telescope eyepiece
Set of eyepieces in original oak box
Telescope aperture with red observatory port-hole in background (to preserve night-vision)
The Athenaeum flagpole from the observatory hatch
Roof with a view!