Observatoires-du-Clain

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

Observatoires-du-Clain

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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  • Cleaning up the old to install a new workshop for the telescopes and mounts. Will use this workshop for the advance work. There will be an other workplace for the finishing.

  • It's really dark here.  360° horizon. 

  • Fantastic observation night. The Milky Way high in the sky from horizon to horizon. Lot's of deep sky objects visible with the naked eye.
    Deep sky observing with the 10cm f:15 Polarex. Yes this old with modern (Nagler) eyepieces is performing well for deep sky.
    It all depends on the dark sky....

    Mounted a 75mm Polarex (with the Super focuser) on the 10cm. The original equatorial mount has a goto retrofit by AWR Technologies.

  • Deep sky with the Polarex 10cm. Not the best scope for deep sky but nice results. Single shot with a Sony a7

    All Photos - Deep Sky Photography
    Observatoires du clain is a dark location with four observatories with only antique and vintage telescopes. The observatories are for rent.
  • Deep sky with the Polarex 10cm. Not the best scope for deep sky but nice results. Single shot with a Sony a7.

    This are only a couple of experiments. This scopes have much more potential. Exposure times of 15sec. single shots. No darks or flats. The mount was the original Polarex mount.

    All Photos - Not for purists: Polarex mount goto modification
    Observatoires du clain is a dark location with four observatories with only antique and vintage telescopes. The observatories are for rent.
  • Clear skies for rent in France

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