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Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Japan

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:03 pm
by Brian
A report of a Feb 2016 visit, posted on the Cloudy Nights Forum, well worth a look:

http://www.cloudynights.com/page/articl ... cope-r3040

Re: Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Ja

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:04 am
by mike a feist
Most impressive indeed: In fact too much! I guess you could not take it all in in one visit. regards maf

Re: Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Ja

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:07 pm
by brian livesey
It's a pity to see so many fine instruments languishing in museum rooms. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, museums are the cemeteries of telescopes.

Re: Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Ja

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:25 am
by mike a feist
And how may telescopes are bought with the best intentions to follow dreams of the starry skies only to end up in the dark dusty corners of old drawers and attics after savouring but a very few nights of the joys and disappointments of sky-watching! regards maf

Re: Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Ja

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:07 pm
by brian livesey
How true Mike. But many of these modern instruments could be donated to schools ,colleges and universities for actual use, and not only in Japan itself. Some could be distributed internationally, with particular reference to poorer countries.
Of course, there would have to be proper scrutiny of who to donate to.

Re: Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Ja

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:25 am
by mike a feist
I believe that unwanted binoculars and spotting-scopes may to the donated to the RSPB for use in other countries. I either trade them in or give then to charity shops or (if beyond real use), I disassemble them. Some which I no longer want, I take to the Foredown Tower's Viewing Gallery for use by visitors....they last a little while until rough treatment and humid conditions conditions send them to the great Instrument Heaven in the bin!
There is an interesting article concerning the future of Amateur Astronomy in "Astronomy", in that the author also mentions how many scopes seem to end of unused, mostly by beginners probably due to disappointment or unable to understand how to use them. The rest of the article goes on to investigate what clever technical wonders can be looked-forward to in the future. Initially he discussed the "greying of amateur astronomy group members". He kind of refutes this be saying that many more people are excited by "space". Personally I do not think that "space" is the same as "knowing the sky". Still "each to their own". regards maf

Re: Visit to the Museum of Astronomical Telescopes, Tawa, Ja

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:39 pm
by brian livesey
Astronomical societies in cities seem to be the longest lasting, by virtue of having more members to draw on than small town and rural clubs.
There must surely be astro-societies in so-called Third World cities that would be glad to get their hands on those moderately-sized and large Japanese museum 'scopes to put to good use.