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The view to the west from the AAT catwalk

Date created: 1975-12-04

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Siding Spring Observatory is located atop 1200 metre Mt Woorut, on the south-eastern edge of the Warrumbungle National Park. It was founded in the mid-1960s, as an outstation of Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, and three of its telescopes are seen here.

The photograph was taken from the AAT dome catwalk in December, 1975, looking west. The former Director's cottage and Astronomer's Lodge are in foreground. These facilities were destroyed in the January, 2013 fires. On the left is pressurised water tower which supplies the AAT. On the mountain ridge beyond are the ANU 20-inch, 16-inch and 40-inch telescopes.

Credit: David Malin

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