The Thanet Observatories are run by the Monkton Stargazers astronomy group, who are scientists and engineers willing to give up their free time to educate the public in scientific matters.
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The Thanet Observatories

The main observatory houses a 12-inch Newtonian Reflecting Telescope with a parabolic mirror of focal length 68 inches. It is controlled by a drive system built by AWR Technology in Deal.

John Carruthers taking the telescope apart for its annual maintenance

The telescope had an overhaul in the summer of 2013 with cleaning and realignment of the mirrors using a green laser collimator. The mechanisms for the drives were also cleaned, greased and rechecked.

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