NZ1266 : University of Newcastle upon Tyne Espin Observatory, Close House

taken 10 years ago, near to Heddon-on-The-Wall, Northumberland, Great Britain

University of Newcastle upon Tyne Espin Observatory, Close House
University of Newcastle upon Tyne Espin Observatory, Close House
The Observatory is used for practical work by students on Astronomy and Astrophysics courses and is equipped with: 4.5-inch refractor, 12/17-inch Wright astronomical camera, 12.5-inch photometric telescope with photon counting facility, 10-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a 24-inch Newtonian reflector. The latter was used by T.E.C.H. Espin for research into double stars in the early part of the 20th Century and is still one of the largest telescopes in England. Sadly the view of the sky south over the Tyne valley is now badly compromised by light pollution from the nearby city.
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Close House was built in 1779 for the private use of the Bewicke family on the site of an earlier monastic house. The mansion and estate were sold in 1953 and bought for the sum of 13,190 by James Rutherford and Sons who sold it on to Kings College, later the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1960 who had it refurbished in 1994 for 1,000,000.

The University sold the whole Estate to local business man Graham Wylie in 2004 and it reopened as a hotel and golf venue in 2005. LinkExternal link

In March 2014 it was reported that former computing millionaire, Graham Wylie, announced plans to convert Close House Hotel into a private home for his family. He is said to have invested an estimated 50m since buying it from Newcastle University 10 years ago. LinkExternal link
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There is a brief history here LinkExternal link
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Sunday, 25 January, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 25 January, 2009
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Observatory   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 127 660 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.3166N 1:48.0992W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 127 660
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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