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History of the Observatory in Asiagodanesin01

 The Asiago Observatory has a relatively recent history; it was in fact founded in 1942. However it is deep-rooted in the secular history of the Paduan Specola, which goes back until 1767. One hundred and fifty years before this, Galileo Galilei, then in Padua, directed his spyglass to the sky, heralding a new era of astronomical research leading four centuries later to the chair ad astrologiam at the University of Padua.
In 1942 Asiago plateau was chosen as the mountain branch of the Padua Observatory and was fitted with a large telescope named Galileo. At the time this was the largest European telescope, having a primary mirror with a diameter of 122 centimetres. Consequently, two Schmidt telescopes were constructed close to the first dome. Finally, the Copernico telescope, having a diameter of 182 centimetres, was built at Cima Ekar, a peak just outside of Asiago.

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