|The Pic du Midi Observatory ...|
|The Pic du Midi Observatory is located in the Pyreneans mountains, in the south-west of france. The Pic du Midi sommit is 2870 meters high. In the 1870's two pioneers General Champion de Nansouty and the engineer Charles Vaussenat fighted the winter rigorousness and establish a wheather station at the sommit.
In 1910, after some astronomical experiences, the site was admitted as a national observatory and since then continous world-class observations are conducted.
Still now, several domes are in operations like the 2-meters telescope for galactic observations, the 1-meter telescope specialized in solar system , the Solar coronographs doing regular sun eruptions observations, the "Tourelle" dome where is located a 38-cm refractor for sun surface high-resolution observations or sun diameter measurments and, the instrument which was my first destination, the T60 cm telescope soon again in operations for amateurs comunity.
There is no way I can summarize here all the astronomical history of the Pic du Midi Observatory. Having the chance to spend one or two weeks per year in this very high astronomical place how could I resist to share some key moments and sight-seeing with you...