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The Vienna Observatory (German: Universitätssternwarte Wien) is an astronomical observatory in Vienna, Austria. It is part of the University of Vienna. The first observatory was built in 1753–1754 on the roof of one of the university buildings.

Vienna Observatory
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Vienna University Observatory
Observatory code 045, 545 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationVienna, Austria Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates48°13′55″N 16°20′01″E / 48.2319°N 16.3337°E / 48.2319; 16.3337Coordinates: 48°13′55″N 16°20′01″E / 48.2319°N 16.3337°E / 48.2319; 16.3337 Edit this at Wikidata
TelescopesThe Big Refractor Edit this on Wikidata
Vienna Observatory is located in Austria
Vienna Observatory
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A new observatory was built between 1874 and 1879, and was finally inaugurated by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1883. The main dome houses a refractor with a diameter of 68 centimetres (27 in) and a focal length of 10.5 metres (34 ft) built by the Grubb Telescope Company. At that time, it was the world's largest refracting telescope.

The observatory's 68 cm refractor


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