Birr Castle Telescope

Birr Castle Demense , Birr , Co. Offaly

Birr Castle Telescope
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About Birr Castle Telescope

Birr Castle Telescope is located at Birr Castle Demense in Birr, Co. Offaly.

Constructed here at Birr Castle in the 1840's by the third Earl of Rosse, this was the largest telescope for over 70 years and attracted astronomers from all over the world. Through the Great Telescope the 3rd Earl discovered the Whirlpool nebula in the 1840's. The telescope looks and moves just as it did over 150 years ago.

Demonstrations are held daily.

Image © Copyright Dennis Turner and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons.

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