Located in the park of the villa and named after a friend of the museum Franco Pacini, a Tuscan astrophysicist who died in 2012, the astronomical observatory allows us to “reset” the distance between us and the main celestial objects in the sky. Among the instruments that we make available to visitors, the main telescope stands out, a 40 cm diameter Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, and two Coronados, specifically designed to observe the Sun in two different wavelengths. During the openings to the public, the main celestial objects of the season can be contemplated.
The observatory is designed for use on several levels:
children, teenagers, adults and families will be able to put their eye to the telescope, perhaps for the first time, taking a close look at the Moon, the planets of the Solar System, or some other object bright enough to be easy to observe.
Enthusiasts, curious and and those who already have knowledge on the subject , will find the sophisticated instrumentation a valid aid for optimizing their searches.
There are two solutions proposed by the Museum:
LIGHT (when the museum is open)The telescopes are available to complete the museum experience. The operators point to the brightest object in the evening sky and show it to visitors in a continuous cycle as soon as it gets dark. The observation is offered with the museum ticket and cannot always be guaranteed, as it is subject to weather conditions.
EXCLUSIVE (when the museum is closed)We organize more articulated in-depth evenings, dedicated to lovers and curious about the subject, against an entrance ticket that includes the use of telescopes, accompanied by the dissemination of notions by the technical staff of the museum. In case of bad weather the evenings will be postponed and will therefore be recovered.
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