History of Port Elizabeth People's

Observatory Society

Port Elizabeth has lost its historic telescope.

It was sold to a collector in California.

It had been serving the Port Elizabeth public since 1948. Giving young and old the first oportunity to see, in real life, the rings of Saturn or the craters of the moon.
Sadly, the interest in the observatory had faded, especially since the sudden death of a senior member, and the remaining core committee members decided among themselves to sell the telescope.

History of the observatory, by E. M. Suter


A recent photograph of the historic telescope

The large antique refractor in Port Elizabeth!