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Astronomical observatory

Public Astronomical Observatory operated by the Astrophilic Mantuan Association. The observatory is open to visitors on Saturday night between 21:00 and 24:00.

Full moon | Photo by Aldo Righelli.

Evening visits and daytime visits are available. In the evening visits, the celestial objects "available" that night are on show on the telescope: it can be the Moon, planets, nebulae, globular clusters, galaxies. Telescopic observation is usually preceded by a brief theoretical "presentation" of the objects to be observed. Parallel to telescope observation, observation of the celestial vault "by naked eye" is also performed for the recognition of stars and constellations. During day visits - morning and afternoon - a real lesson on topics agreed with teachers is made. The lessons are made using a variety of models - sun and scale planets, motorized geoplanetary, armillary sphere, moonlight-sun and moon phases, plexiglas celestial spheres of 70 cm diameter - and various media tools that allow easy understanding of the topics discussed. School visits are recommended for all upper and middle class classes while it is limited to only the fifth elementary school classes. The astronomic observatory is operated and made accessible by members of the "Astrophilic Mantuan Associations" who make cultural volunteering and whose work here is for free. There is no entrance fee for visiting the observatory, but a voluntary contribution (in favor of the Association) is welcome, and would be used to handle the management costs of the facility and to improve the tools available.

The Public Astronomical Observatory features a 40cm F / 8 (usually F / 5.5) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, and an Astro-Physics 180 EDT F / 9 refractor. The instruments are supported by a GM4000 HPS equatorial mount built by the Italian firm 10 Micron. The telescopes are housed in a 5 meter diameter stainless steel motorized dome, allowing alternate viewing to a discrete group of observers.

Plato lunar crater

Plato lunar crater, shot with optic Celestron C11 carbon tube, barlow 2x Meade or, camera ccd Imaging Source DMK 31 | Photo by Davide Lodi with Vanni Missora, Aldo Righelli.

Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS

Comet 2011 L4 PANSTARRS, with the appearance of the neck-line structure in the comet tail | Photo by Riccardo Furgoni.

Comet C/2012 S1 ISON

Comet C / 2012 S1 ISON | Authors: Riccardo Furgoni, Davide Lodi and Vanni Missora.