Observatories: Nottinghamshire

Lawson Observatory [LaOB] (1851-1866), Beeston, Nottingham, established by Edward J. Lowe at his home Broadgate House, Beeston, Nottingham. Including many meteorological instruments given to him by Henry Lawson, the observatory housed his own 11-foot  refractor  (4-inch OG) and a transit instrument (Cox 2004, 8-9).

Lowe’s Observatory [LoOB] (1850s-1866), Beeston, Nottingham, established by  Alfred Lowe the father of Edward J Lowe.  Known as ‘The Lighthouse’, he had an octagonal tower built for weather observations (Cox 2004, p.9).

Highfield House Observatory [HHO] (1850s-1882), Lenton, Nottingham, established Alfred Lowe on the roof of thehouse.  Later used by Edward J Lowe after 1866 when he moved to the House from Broadgate House (Cox 2004, 9-10).

Hunt’s Observatory [HuO] (1930s-50?), West Bridgeford, Nottingham, established by W. Hunt with a 5-inch Refractor by Cook, Troughton & Simms on a Grubb mount – same instrument as used by Northrop (Northrop 1980).

Nottingham Astronomical Society’s Observatory [NASO] (2006- ), Cotgrave, Nottingham, established by the Nottingham Astronomical Society. It houses a 24-inch reflecting telescope, with sketal tube on a fork mount, built by Beacon Hill Telescopes (Dawson and Griffin 2017).

Sherwood Observatory [SO] (1986- ), Sutton-in-Ashfield, established by the Mansfield & Sutton astronomical Society.  The observatory houses a society built 24-inch (61-cm) reflecting telescope, with sketal tube on a fork mount, and primary mirror made by Vacuum Coatings.

Whitaker’s Observatory [WO] (1940s-1950s), Nottingham, established by  Dr John Vaughan Whitaker using a 10-inch f8 Newtonian and observatory that he purchased from the estate of Richard F.T. Granger (Northrop 1980).