Godlee Observatory

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Godlee Observatory
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OrganizationManchester Astronomical Society, University of Manchester
LocationManchester, Greater Manchester, North West England, England
Coordinates53°28′34.12″N 2°13′57.52″W / 53.4761444°N 2.2326444°W / 53.4761444; -2.2326444Coordinates: 53°28′34.12″N 2°13′57.52″W / 53.4761444°N 2.2326444°W / 53.4761444; -2.2326444
8" refracting telescopeGrubb of Dublin
12" Newtonian reflectorGrubb of Dublin
Godlee Observatory is located in the United Kingdom
Godlee Observatory
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The Godlee Observatory is an old astronomical observatory located in a tower on the roof of the University of Manchester's Sackville Street Building, G floor (formerly UMIST Main Building), in the City Centre of Manchester, England. It was given to the city of Manchester by Francis Godlee when construction was completed in 1902.[1] The dome is constructed out of papier-mâché.

The observatory is operated by the Manchester Astronomical Society. The Society meets most Thursday evenings and members of the public are welcome to attend a few meetings before considering joining the group. If you are interested in attending the observatory please contact the Society directly beforehand to arrange your visit. Private guided tours of the facility are also available.


  1. ^ "The moon, the stars and the Godlee". BBC News. 20 July 2009.

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