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THE GRUBB PARSONS GP20 TELESCOPE PROJECT
The Grubb Parsons 20 inch Telescope is a very large telescope built for the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh in 1967.

It was a training telescope, designed to have the features of a professional observatory instrument.

In 2012, MKAS was awarded it, selected from a number of Astronomical organisations around the world.

However, on its removal from its Observatory in Edinburgh, it was damaged.

At the moment, it is in bits in a shed! It needs a lot of work doing on it to make it useable. The electronics needs replacing and the drive system needs upgrading.


What are we going to do with it?

  • Our members will refurbish it
  • We are currently raising funds for it
  • We will install it in our observatory
  • Invite everyone to come and
    see it and use it
  • Run events with it
  • Engage young people in its use
  • Provide disabled access

    Our project has over 19 objectives, which start with installing the telescope in our observatory and finish with promoting it to all interested users in the area.




  • An artistic impression of what the telescope will look like once installed in our observatory!


    Who do we plan to let use it?

  • Local schools
  • Local astronomy societies
  • The general public (via outreach events), including access for the disabled
  • Academic, professional and semi-professional users


  • The society is progressing plans to raise the large sum of funds required to house and repair the telescope, for everyone to enjoy.

    If you are interested in getting involved in the project, or would like to sponsor a part of it, please CONTACT US or come along to one of our meetings.


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    » Canterbury's link to the stars




    Please contact Dr David Rees for more information


    »Grubb Parsons 20 inch
    »James Irwin Observatory
    »Telescopes & Instruments
    »Fundraising



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