SAAO photographic plate store returns home
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.