Clifton Observatory

Clifton Observatory

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Clifton Observatory. Tower on Clifton Down, Bristol, UK, used as a viewing point and observatory from 1828. This building, situated on a 92-metre-high cliff overlooking the Avon Gorge, was originally built in 1776 as a windmill. In 1828, the artist William West (1801-1861) installed telescopes and a camera obscura to project the view from the top of the tower onto a circular table inside. The nearby Clifton Suspension Bridge was completed in 1864. The observatory is now a listed building.

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