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The Vienna Observatory (German: Universitätssternwarte Wien) is an astronomical observatory in Vienna, Austria. It is part of the University of Vienna. The first observatory was built in 1753–1754 on the roof of one of the university buildings.

A new observatory was built between 1874 and 1879, and was finally inaugurated by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1883. The main dome houses a refractor with a diameter of 68 centimetres (27 in) and a focal length of 10.5 metres (34 ft) built by the Grubb Telescope Company. At that time, it was the world's largest refracting telescope.

Directors

  • Maximilian Hell, 1756–1792
  • Franz de Paula Triesnecker, 1792–1817
  • Johann Josef von Littrow, 1819–1840
  • Karl Ludwig von Littrow, 1842–1877
  • Edmund Weiss, 1877–1908
  • Kasimir Graff, 1928–1938
  • Bruno Thüring, 1940–1945
  • Kasimir Graff, 1945–1949
  • Josef Hopmann, 1951–1962
  • Josef Meurers, 1962–1979
  • Karl Rakos, 1979–1981
  • Werner Tscharnuter, 1981–1984
  • Michel Breger, 1984–1986
  • Paul Jackson, 1986–1994
  • Michel Breger, 1994–2005
  • Gerhard Hensler, 2006–2009
  • Franz Kerschbaum, 2009–2011
  • Manuel Güdel, 2011–2012
  • João Alves, 2012–2013
  • Bodo Ziegler, 2013–
  • References

    Vienna Observatory Wikipedia


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