On Saturday we took a trip to the Sydney Observatory which is now a museum of astronomy and a division of the Powerhouse Museum . Edward's cousins went there for a tour last week and told him about looking at the Sun through the big telescope. He was keen. It would also give me the opportunity to take some photos for my Sydney then and now ... photographic project.
We knew that the first tour would start at 11am, so Saturday at 10.20am was a good time to look for a parking spot in Upper Fort Street, and we got the closest public parking space to the Observatory.
I took a couple of important photographs for my project and then we went inside and read out some of the informational plaques to Edward along the way.
This one explains the time ball.
Then it was time for the 3-D movie show and the telescope viewing.
The old-school 3-D glasses were obligatory, and wearing them added to the fascination for Ed.
We did not actually use the 16- inch telescope, we used a parrallel smaller telescope fitted with a filter. The filter on the telescope permitted direct viewing of the Sun, which would otherwise cause blinding to the viewer. I can't show the view through the eyepiece, but I can give you a good view of the bridge framed by the dome aperture.
Here's the heritage listing for the Sydney Observatory which gives some good detail about the history of the buildings.