Vainu Bappu Observatory, Yelagiri

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  • Please read jamilchennai reviews , he has exactly portrayed the situation. We spent almost 3 hours in the road , waiting to get inside . ( With our 5 yrs kiddo) We would have visited some other...  more »
  • You may want to put this as last in your place to see list. The observatory is closed and just a view from a small telescope there is no point of such a long drive  more »
  • This observatory, located at Kavalur in the Javadi Hills, near Vaniyambadi in Vellore district, belongs to Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA, headquartered in Bangalore) which is a premier research institute in Astronomy and Astrophysics under the Indian Department of Science and Technology. This site was chosen by Dr. Vainu Bappu (hence the name) in the 60s and the early observation started in as early as 1968. IIA commemorated 50 years of service of VBO in 2018 August. There are currently majorly 3 telescopes operating to make scientific observations of the night sky objects. One is with a diameter of 2.34m (also known as Vainu Bappu Telescope), one is with a diameter of 1.3m (also known as Jagadish Chandra Bhattacharyya Telescope) and the other one is with a diameter of 1.02m. The 2.34m Vainu Bappu Telescope is one of the significant telescopes of India and till date the LARGEST TELESCOPE OF INDIA IN OPERATION. The scientific data quality obtained from these telescopes, especially the 1.3m JCBT is really good. Also there is one 30 inch telescope that's currently under testing and a few other small telescopes are there for the visitors. Every Saturday visitors from different places visit this observatory. The observatory spans over an area of about 100 acres. Besides the telescopes, the other facilities of VBO include accommodation for the observers or the special visitors, quarters for the employees, Laboratories, Liquid Nitrogen plant, Aluminizing (for the telescope mirrors) chambers, mess etc. There are permanent and temporary employees (Engineers, telescope operators, helpers) who maintain the area and scientists and PhD students (in Astronomy) come here regularly from IIA or other astronomical institutes to make scientific observations. The nearby important places are Bangalore (~173 km), Chennai (~211 km), Pondicherry (~170 km) etc.
  • Got to see the moon through the 6inch telescope. On new moon day you'll get a proper view on stars.
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