Observatories: Suffolk

Athenaeum Club Observatory [AtCO] (1858 – ), Bury St Edmunds,  established by the Athenaeum Club in Bury-St.-Edmunds, Suffolk.  The main telescope is  a 4-inch Troughton & Simms Refractor  housed inside a dome on top of the building (Mobberley & Goward 2005).

Bennett’s Observatory [BeO](1922-37), Leiston,  established  Arthur Frederick Bennett, the observatory was equipped with a 6-inch Cooke refractor on an equatorial mount (see Orwell Astronomy Society: History section [http://www.oasi.org.uk]; Stroobant 1931).

Boles’s Observatory [BolO] (2001-  ), Coddenham , established by Tom Boles and equipped with a pair 14-inch SCT instruments on heavy-duty robotic mounts (Moore 2002, 203-12).

Boreham’s Observatory [BorO] (1850s- ), Havershill, established by William Wakling Boreham and equipped with a 6-inch refractor on a transportable equatorial mounting.  After Boreham’s death the telescope was donated to Newham College, Cambridge and erected in a new observatory in the college grounds (Obit., MNRAS, 47 (4 ), 135).

Cockfield Tower Observatory [CTO] (1767-1773), St. Peter’s Church, Cockfield, established by the Revd. William Ludham where he made observations using a transit instrument – evidence of a slot in the tower wall, which has been repaired, is apparent.  The instrument might be the one used at the St. Johns College Observatory, Cambridge – preserved at the Whipple Museum, Cambridge (Mobberley 2006, 123-5).

Collinson’s Observatory [CoO] (1980s-1990), Playford, established by Edward Howard Collinson and equipped with 10-inch Calver Reflector on loan from the British Astronomical Association (Obit.: JBAA, 101 (1991), 12-3Obit., QJRAS, 32 (1991),  p.207 & Orwell Astronomy Society: History section [http://www.oasi.org.uk]).

Ludham’s Observatory (1767-1773) see Cockfield Tower Observatory above.

May’s Observatory [MaO] (1840-1851), Bolton Lane, Ipswich, established by Charles May and equipped with a 6 1/4-inch refractor by Merz, a 20-inch [FL] transit instrument housed in a building to the ‘Bedford Plan’ and dome like that of Hartwell House – a reference to Admiral Smyth’s Bedford  and  Lee’s Observatories (Obit., MNRAS, 21 (1861), 101-2; Weale 1851, 71-2).

Mobberley’s Observatory [MobOC] (1980s- ), Cockfield, established by Martin Mobberley and equipped with a 14-inch SCT instrument on a Paramount mount and a  12-inch Reflector stored in ‘Dog Kennel’ shed (Moore 2002, 29-40).

Orwell Park Observatory [OPO] 1874- ), Nacton, Ipswich, established by Colonel George Tomline at his at Orwell Park. Its main telescope is a 10-inch Merz refractor on a Troughton & Simms mounting with a transit instrument housed adjacent to the main dome.  It was principally used to observe comets. The former country house is now a school, and in recent times the Observatory has been superbly restored by members of Orwell Astronomical Society  (Hutchins 2012 & see [see http://www.oasi.org.uk]).