Braeside Observatory

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Braeside Observatory
Organization Arizona State University
Location Flagstaff, Arizona (USA), near U.S. Naval Observatory
Coordinates 35°11′30″N 111°44′54″W / 35.19167°N 111.74833°W / 35.19167; -111.74833
Altitude 2274 meters (7461 feet)
Webpage [1]
The Braeside Cassegrain Telescope 16" reflector, computer controlled

Braeside Observatory is a privately owned astronomical observatory previously owned and operated by Arizona State University. It is located five miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona (USA), near the U.S. Naval observatory. The observatory is made up of two buildings, the telescope building and the control building. The telescope building is where the observatory's 16" Cassegrain Reflector telescope is housed. The telescope is controlled from either the control building or from the university through computer controls.


The observatory was founded in 1976 by Robert Fried, a retired Delta Air Lines captain, after a chance meeting with Sir Patrick Moore inspired him to turn his astronomical hobby into something more concrete. The observatory was set up as a private operating foundation. After Mr. Fried's death in 2003, the university committed itself to keeping the observatory open as an educational and research facility.

Recently (Spring 2010), the Braeside Observatory dome and telescope were sold to an out-of-state buyer, who has removed the observatory from its Flagstaff home. Braeside Observatory thus no longer exists.

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  1. "Braeside Observatory homepage". Welcome to Braeside Observatory. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  2. "Braeside Observatory homepage". Welcome to the Arizona State University Braeside Observatory. Retrieved December 12, 2005. 
  3. "Braeside Observatory previous homepage". Braeside Observatory previous homepage. Retrieved August 12, 2007. 

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