SAAO photographic plate store returns home

posted: 1937 days ago, on Thursday, 2012 Mar 08 at 13:31
tags: astronomy, astrophotography, history, SAAO.

On September 11, 2007, the photographic plate store of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) was thrown away. For details and photos, see the article "SAAO photographic plate store destroyed".

Happily, a selection of these historical photographs (glass negatives) were saved from destruction, and have been occupying a corner of my study for the past four and a bit years. An inventory of these plates can be downloaded as a PDF.

Today, a very friendly and efficient team from SAAO arrived to collect the plates and move them to their new - hopefully permanently safe - home in the refurbished archives at SAAO.

So this is how an historical moment, an end of an era, feels.

nothing more to see. please move along.