Antique Telescope Observation Site

Observatoires du Clain is a unique astronomical observation site dedicated to vintage and antique telescopes.

There are four observatories with each it's own use.

Sommières-du-Clain is a small French village in the Département Poitou-Charentes.  It's located 40km south of Poitiers.

Amateur astronomers are welcome to bring their own equipment.  There is enough free space.  You can count on all the needed support.

The four observatories will be for rent by night, weekend and week. 
The overnight accommodations are free.

Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or reservation requests

Les observatoires du Clain on France 3


Observatoires du Clain est un site d'observation astronomique dédié au télescopes anciens et vintage.

Sur le champ d'observation il y a quatre observatoire avec une utilisation propre.

Sommières-du-Clain est un petit village français dans le département Poitou Charentes. Il est situé à 40km au sud de Poitiers.

Les quatre observatoires seront à la location par nuit, week-end et la semaine. L'hébergement est gratuits.

Les astronomes sont invités à apporter leur propre équipement. Il y a suffisamment d'espace libre.
Vous pouvez compter sur tout le soutien nécessaire.

N'hésiter pas à nous contacter avec vos questions ou demandes de réservation

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  • The large vintage observatory telescopes of the Observatoires du Clain.

    In fact could use some help with the project.  Interested?  Please contact me.

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  • Mizar 11cm Newton telescope + guide scope

    This is a fine Newton reflector made in the mid 1970's.  Comes with rather hard to find 50mm guidescope.

    The Mizar is a real collectors item.  But it's also completely functional.  It can be used for stargazing.


    Optics are ok. Can be used as such.
    Some scratches on the tube of the Newton and the major ones on the tube of the guide scope

    Focuser is smooth
    Mount works fine.  Some cosmetic traces of us on the mount.

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