About The Observatory
The observatory was started by Clive Purchase in 1998 to prepare for
the Cornish eclipse. It was established at the Roseland Community School
and he had an array of half a dozen large telescopes, including a four
inch Coheilostat for the study of the Sun.
The observatory ran a very successful Festival of the Dark Sun during
the eclipse week, which consisted of a variety of workshops and lectures
by guest speakers. We also carried out an experiment to measure the
infrared flux during the eclipse, due to the cloud some unusual results
were obtained which still require further investigation. The technical
support for this experiment came from the world famous Rutherford Appleton
Following the eclipse, Clive moved the bulk of the equipment to
Callington and Brian Sheen relocated the observatory to its present site. ...
2005 focused on EuroJam held at Chelmsford. 2006 A rebuilding of
the Activity Room and the Eclipse in Turkey. 2007 the World Scout
Jamboree in Chelmsford. 2008 Canoe Africa the attempt to paddle the
River Niger in Guinea. 2009 will focus on the International Year of
Astronomy. Also the eclipse in China.