Jan Paagman Observatory - Asten
The technical students Jan Paagman and André Sypkens wanted to build an astronomical telescope at the beginning of the 1960s. When Jan Paagman unexpectedly died in 1962, Sypkens did not want to continue the project. Paagman's father, himself the director of an LTS, took over the construction in order to erect a lasting monument for his son. With practical assignments, the students of his LTS made the parts of the observatory, which was officially opened on 23 May 1980.
The telescope is now fully computer-controlled. Therefore, it is not only possible to observe the night sky, but also to observe various celestial objects during the day - with or without filters. Take a seat in the comfortable planetarium and see how the spherical ceiling gradually changes into a vast starry sky. The constellations are then easily recognisable, such as the Great Bear orbiting the Pole Star.