Fabra Observatory

The Fabra Observatory (Catalan: Observatori Fabra, IPA: [upsəɾβəˈtɔɾi ˈfaβɾə]; obs. code: 006) is an astronomical observatory located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain pointed towards the south at 415 metres above sea level (latitude: 41,4184° N; longitude: 2,1239° E).

Fabra Observatory
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Alternative namesObservatorio Fabra Edit this at Wikidata
Named afterCamil Fabra i Fontanills Edit this on Wikidata
OrganizationReal Academia de Ciencias y Artes de Barcelona
Observatory code006
LocationBarcelona, Spain, EU
Coordinates41°25′06″N 2°07′27″E / 41.4183°N 2.1242°E / 41.4183; 2.1242Coordinates: 41°25′06″N 2°07′27″E / 41.4183°N 2.1242°E / 41.4183; 2.1242
MailhatRefracting telescope
Baker-Nunn cameraSchmidt telescope
Fabra Observatory is located in Spain
Fabra Observatory
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It was established in 1904 and belongs to the Royal Academy of Science and Arts of Barcelona (Catalan: Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona). Its main activity is the study of asteroids and comets. It is the fourth oldest observatory in the world that is still functioning.

It is where the comet 32P/Comas Solà was discovered by Josep Comas Solà.


The double refractor was built by Mailhat, Paris, in 1904. The visual instrument (the lower of the two tubes) has an aperture of 38 cm and a focal length of 6 meters (f/15.8). The photographic instrument also has an aperture of 38 cm, but a shorter focal length of 4 meters (f/10.5).[1]

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