Birr Telescope

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  • Address: Birr Castle Demense, Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
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  • Phone: +353-579120336
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This telescope, an important artefact of science history, was the largest telescope (an astronomical telescope with a 183-cm (72 in) reflector) in the world in the 19th century. Built in 1845 despite the Great Irish Famine, there was no other telescope like this one until 1917. The one used to see, for the first time, the spiral nature of galaxies (till then, not known to be made of other stars). It was used by John Louis Emil Dreyer to start his NGC Catalog.

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  • Birr Telescope Address: Birr Castle Demense, Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
  • Birr Telescope Contact Number: +353-579120336
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