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Atkinson Observatory
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Organization Nelson Science Society
Location Clifton Terrace School, Nelson, New Zealand
41°13′31″S 173°19′18″E / 41.2253°S 173.3216°E / -41.2253; 173.3216
Established 2008 (1883)

Cawthron Atkinson Observatory (formerly Atkinson Observatory) is sited in the grounds of Clifton Terrace School, Nelson, New Zealand, after previously being situated at Pipers Park for many years.

First operated in 1883, the observatory was founded by Arthur Atkinson, a keen amateur astronomer and Member of Parliament for Nelson. A newer observatory building opened in 1982.

The now relocated and renamed observatory formally opened on 12 April 2008, after completing a major refurbishment of the structure and 129-year-old telescope. This work was funded by contributions from various individuals and groups, such as a NZ$50,000 donation by the Cawthron Trust.

The observatory is administered by the Astronomy Section of the Nelson Science Society, Royal Society of New Zealand. Star Parties are held once a month at the observatory, and society meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at Cawthron Institute, 98 Halifax Street East, Nelson.

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