October 2007, Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo, Meeting Report

October 2007, Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo, Meeting Report

The Spilit of Nippon Kogaku Tokyo

October 13, 2007

The DODAIRA

Historical Nikon 91cm

Astronomical

Photographic Reflector

Nikon Kenkyukai Dodaira Meeting

The Dodaira Astronomical Observatory is located in the Mt. Dodaira above sea level 876 m in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo.
There is a 36-inch astronomical reflector dome. This astronomical dome was constructed in November 1962 by the Mitsui shipyard.
The special research team of the Nikon Kenkyukai visited Dodaira Observatory to meet the big Nikon 36-inch astronomical reflector.

This dome was built in the Mitsui shipyard

The DODAIRA's Observatory Dome

Nikon 91cm Astronomical Photographic Reflector

The Nikon 91cm Astronomical Photographic Reflector

You can remember the Dodaira Astronomical Observatory by the report of the Nikon Kenkyukai June 2005 meeting .
The Nikon 91cm astronomical photographic reflector is set up in a beautiful dome.
The performance of Nikon 91cm astronomical reflector is still big excellent. The Dodaira Astronomical Observatory is the science facilities with historical value very much.

Beautiful Nikon 91cm Reflector and Dome

Historical Nikon 91cm Astronomical Photographic Reflector

Left: Dome Controller, Right: Telescope Controllers

NHK TV Program

The NHK news gathering crew visited the the Dodaira Astronomical Observatory on the day when Nikon Kenkyukai members gathered in that place. The report of that day was broadcast in the Japanese whole country on October 19, 2007.

The NHK News Gathering Crew

They were interested in the big telescope

The staff in the TV station interviewed Nikon Kenkyukai

Dinner at the Astronomical Observatory

We enjoyed ourselves over dinner at a restaurant Dodaira Observatory.
We toasted with the beer for a beautiful star. Cheers!

Dinner in Astronomical Observatory

Delicious Beer of Local, OGAWA

Great Seeing by Nikon

A big dome in the astronomical observatory opens quietly, and the cold night sky appeared.
We watched the brilliant star by the Nikon big telescope.

Very Excellent Big Telescope Nikon 91cm

You can see the stellar light directly

Cold Saturn

Hot Venus

Grand Reflector Nikon 91cm Super Light

The Brilliant Nippon Kogaku Tokyo Crest

Historical Value of Dodaira Observatory

A lot of cost is necessary to maintain an old astronomical observatory.
However, the astronomical observatory with the history is valuable existence.
Please assist in DODAIRA to the Nikon fan in the world so that the Dodaira Astronomical Observatory may live for a long time.
The photograph below is the late Koichiro Tomita and scientists in Tokyo Astronomical Observatory.

The late Koichiro Tomita and scientists in Tokyo astronomical observatory
Photo: Copyright (c) 2008, Tokigawa Town, All Rights Reserved.

ALL WE LOVE DODAIRA

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