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Pulkovo Observatory


Photos of Pulkovo Observatory, St. Petersburg, Russia
August 2007

 The distinguished astronomer Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director of Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, author of several astronomy books including the Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets and member of the Amateur Astronomers Association from 1956 to 1959, recently visited the famed Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg.

In the observatory's museum he saw two certificates awarded to Pulkovo by the AAA, including the Amateur Astronomers Medal. He took photographs of these as well as the observatory's 15" lens from 1845, 33" refractor from the 1940's and the main observatory building (rebuilt after World War II). Jay thoughtfully sent us copies of the photographs.