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Atkinson, Robert D’escourt, Prof. (1898-1982), born near Rhaeadr, astronomer, physicist, Chief Assistant at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Later professor at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, (Jones 2014, 80).


Powys County Observatory [POCO] (1990- ), Llanshay Lane, Knighton, originally established by Brian Williams and Cheryl Powers, a private facility that provided astronomy outreach to the public. It is equipped with a camera obscura, planetarium and twin refracting telescopes (6 & 13-inch). Now renamed The Spaceguard Centre it participates in Spaceguard a global effort to discover and monitor Near-Earth Objects that may pose a danger, through collision, at a future date. The centre is currently raising funds to refurbish and re-locate a 60-cm Schmidt telescope from the IoA, Cambridge – Project DRAX (Moore 1996, 173-6).

The Spaceguard Centre – see Powys County Observatory (above)

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Robert D’escourt Atkinson, Prof. (1898-1982), astronomer, physicist.

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County Hall
Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LG, Wales (Tel 01597 826088; Fax 01597 827162; Email archives@powys.gov.uk)

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