About Astrobases - History

The ASTROBAZA (Astrobase) project has been inspired by the Self-Government of the Kujawsko – Pomorskie Voivodeship. The initiative to build a network of astronomical observatories is exceptional both in the Polish and European setting. We are the first and only region in Europe to have launched an active network of 14 fully equipped astronomical observatories within the relatively small area of a voivodeship. The Astrobaza buildings – erected on a circular plan with a diameter of about 10m - reflect a typical shape of an astronomic observatory. They feature an automatic Meade LX 200 ACF 14”” telescope as the central piece of equipment. The dome, whose diameter is four metres, is fully automated so as to enable the observers to follow the telescope as well as to remotely control the closing and opening of the dome. Observations which require the use of smaller devices can also be performed from the terrace of the building. Other pieces of equipment include a Coronado PST 40/400 solar telescope, a 15x magnification binocular and an astronomical CCD camera. The students can observe not only close objects of the Solar System, but also distant star constellations and islands of the Universe - galaxies millions light-years away from the Earth. Project goals and objectives:  to create an attractive and modern educational offer  to construct 14 observatories next to schools in the area of the Kujawsko – Pomorskie Voivodeship  to provide state-of-the-art equipment enabling interesting astronomical observations, as well as computer rooms and digital weather stations  to implement a content-related programme, to train staff members and to appoint local coordinators of the Astrobaza facilities  to ensure accessibility to all, especially to the local community members with limited access to centres for popularisation of life sciences and astronomy

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