Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory

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Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory

Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
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Arman
Yerevan, Armenia173 contributions
Byurakan observatory
Dec 2018 • Couples
Byuakan observatory located on the slope of mount Aragats, in the village Byrakan. That is huge complex from soviet era.
Written December 16, 2018
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Դանիել Բ
Yerevan, Armenia2 contributions
Very interesting excursion and stargazering!!!
Jan 2018 • Friends
During the tour we learned a lot of very interesting things about stars and space and details about research process. At night we enjoyed awesome observation of moon, stars and planets by telescope.
Written February 5, 2018
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MirkoSpino
Milan, Italy334 contributions
Superb
Aug 2017
So lucky. I've been hosted a couple of days in an astronomic space observatory from the soviet era, on the slope of Mt Aragats. Still working but half abandoned, it's a gorgeous mix of Kubrick's Shining views, Sci Fi suggestions, and ostalgic XFiles. In 1971 it hosted the 1st congress devoted to problem of extraterrestrial civilization and communication with them. It was all great, except the behavior of the astronomist, prig and unpleasant
Written August 10, 2017
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Aram K
Yerevan, Armenia934 contributions
One of the top observatories in USSR
Jun 2016 • Family
The Byurakan observatory during the Sovied times was the home of the second larger telescope with 2.6 diameter lens. The observatory still holds 2 Schmidt telescope with 1m and 0,5m diameter lens, as well as number of minor ones 30-40 cm. The observatory was founded by academician and world-famous astronomer Victor Hambardzumyan in 1946. Since 1946 numerous scientific meetings were held in Byurakan. Right now the observatory is still active, however is has no major ongoing scientific projects.
Written September 18, 2016
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Erdna S
Koggala, Sri Lanka18 contributions
Nice scientific location
Jun 2016
Nice lcoation if you have interest in Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory. You can see how science works.
Written July 29, 2016
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PatrickM_Travels
Almaty, Kazakhstan1,793 contributions
Soviet-era observatory, guided tour, star viewing, polite and patient guide, nostalgic mid-20th century technology.
Sep 2015 • Friends
I was part of a group of 15 people who visited in September 2015. We made a reservation in advance. Upon arrival we were promptly greeted by an astronomer who took us down a a number of unlit pathways to a building housing two telescopes of different sizes. We had to climb up a steep staircase and emerge through a small hole in the ceiling to reach the telescopes. The moon was setting, so he quickly aligned the telescopes to the moon. Through the small telescope you can see the moon pretty good, and through the large telescope you can see the moon well enough to see individual craters. He then proceeded to align the telescopes to three different clusters of stars. Two of the three clusters are not visible with the naked eye, so it was a treat to see them so clearly. For each cluster, he allowed each visitor to look through both the large and small telescopes, and he told a story about what we were looking at. In order to look through the bigger telescope, you have to stand on a slightly-wobbly wooden stool about 4-5 feet off the ground. The entire tour was just over 1 hour in length. The cost was 1500 dram (about $3) per person, which I thought was a bit expensive, considering we had 15 people and that's nearly $50 for a 1 hour tour. But it was worth it. The astronomer was kind, patient, and informative. Unfortunately did not visit the largest telescope in the biggest dome -- which I had wanted to see. I'm not sure why they didn't take us there, but I assume it is out of commission, or perhaps too difficult to operate for large groups. I wish that in addition to the scientist himself, they would have assigned us another staff who could have given us more details of the purpose and history of the whole facility. Remember, this is Armenia, and there aren't very many institutions like this left in this country. This is not an advanced 21st century observatory -- it is a 40+ year old Soviet-era observatory with technology that's been maintained but not upgraded. Don't expect computers and LED screens, but do enjoy the nostalgia.
Written September 21, 2015
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