Observatories that I have visited:
A visit to Sardinia island
3: The observatory
A first glimpse of the observatory in close distance, looks good.
It's a big house built in concrete or stone. The part to the left must be the control room.
The summit is very flat and no trees block the view.
This is in the middle of Sardinia close to the village Gairo Sant 'Elena, about 5 km away.(click on the image to get a full resolution photo in a new window)
Here is an attempt to do a panorama photo, but with handheld camera and wide angle lens it isn't very easy to stitch together.
When I'm doing more complicated stitches of images I normally use the Hugin sotware, it's free:
Is the doom built in aluminum or something else?
On one wall there is a big solar clock.
The door to the control room.
Knock, knock... is there anyone inside here? No.
Up on the summit in back ground there is a radar station, maybe for the weather forecast. That explain the fine road and the hefty power cable.
There is an platform on the backside, it looks that an older observatory have stood here. Perfect place to stand on now if you come with your own portable telescope and mount.
A last look at the beautiful view before we leave. We took the road on the backside down, much more narrow and horses and cows crossed it.
You can read more about our Sardinia tour here:
My travels pages.