Trevor Emmett

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  • in reply to: Rev T.E.Espin’s Calver telescope :action needed #611812
    Trevor Emmett
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    Hi Denis,

    Please keep me in the loop.

    I suppose the first thing is to establish who owns the old observatories (I assume the hotel). Since the buildings are essentially derelict the owners may be prepared to sign them over to a trust or such like.

    I see from Googlemaps the once hallowed football and cricket pitches are now golf courses…

    Best Wishes,

    Trevor

    in reply to: Rev T.E.Espin’s Calver telescope :action needed #611807
    Trevor Emmett
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    Hi Denis,

    Thanks for this. Very interesting.

    I have a personal interest insofar as I was a Geology PhD student in Newcastle 1976-1979 and my supervisor was the late Dr M. Hugh Battey. I seem to recall that he was one a select few who used the telescope for their own devices – he frequently invited me to join him in observations but, alas, I never was able to. This failure I have always regretted.

    I believe the observatory was located at the Closehouse Estate to the west of Newcastle – at the time this was the University’s main sports centre and I often played football there. I believe the University sold off Closehouse some years ago. I always wondered what happened to the observatory/telescopes. A few years ago at a BAA meeting in Newcastle I was told that the observatories were no more and that the telescopes were in store (= lost). Believing this, I felt the University had committed a gross act barbarity.

    Closehouse is now, I think, some sort of luxury hotel. It was suggested to me that the hotel now owned what was left of the observatory but my informant was not sure. I haven’t been able to find much information about it.

    Are we talking about the same place? Or has my age-addled memory failed (again)?

    I would be very keen to see these items at least preserved if not restored. I would help as much as I can, but I fear this would be not much in a practical sense.

    Best Wishes,

    Trevor

    in reply to: Samyang 500mm f6.3 DX mirror lens #581551
    Trevor Emmett
    Participant

    Ha ha! I wish – but I think it would overwhelm my camera….

    Would still need collimating though….

    T.

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