As there was a partial eclipse of the sun which could be seen from Glasgow last week, it seemed appropriate to visit the Coates Observatory in Paisley for a walking group outing.
The Observatory is accessed via Paisley Museum and Art Gallery so the group had a chance to have a look at the current exhibition before going through to the Observatory building.
There were materials on hand to make solar viewers which could be taken away and put to use a couple of days later to safely view the phenomenon.
The group were then taken upstairs and into the planetarium to see a short film about the possibilities of life on other planets and then further up into the tower to see the main telescopes.
The building has many quirky architectural features and an interesting collection of scientific apparatus so there was plenty to look at and photograph.
Coates Observatory is open daily (except Monday) and there are evening viewing nights throughout the winter months. For full information see http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/webcontent/home/services/leisure+and+culture/arts+and+museums/els-jcp-coatsobservatory