From the origins to today
Since the ultimate aim of the group was not the construction of instruments but to carry out research in the astronomical field, very soon they began to use the telescope for astrophotography. Several tests were carried out on a lot of photographic emulsions in order to find the better ones.
In those years, Mr.Sette managed a small cafè inside the Capitol cinema and the group usually met there, early in the afternoon, in order to have a coffee and to discuss any problem. Almost every day there were Sassi and other group members, and often, important people of the astronomical entourage of Bologna, were present, among these Umberto Dall'Olmo who, in those year graduated in physics.
The activity of the observatory, that meantime had been equipped with a darkroom for developing plates and films, was continuing to learn photographic techniques, which would bring, considerable results in the future.
While at the Margherita Garden they were manually guiding astronomical photos, for an hour and more, into the cold winter nights, to improve photographic techniques, another ambitious project was beginning: the construction of the San Vittore observatory. For this reason the human and material resources were concentrated on this new target, and the Margherita Garden dome gradually began to lose its popularity at the end of the 60's. The structure was entrusted to younger members but sometimes young people do not appreciate the things they own, often they expect to obtain great results without hard work and sometimes, they are very inconstant. So the observatory has crossed a long period of partial and discontinuous use and, in the 80's it was completely forgotten. In the mid nineties, other amateur astronomers Giulio Pitteri and Andrea Sabbioni, upset that such a structure had been ruined, decided to restore the observatory. They brought back the dome to its original functionality. The old instrument, completely irrecoverable was replaced by a modern telescope Celestron CM 1100, thanks to the financing by the S. Stefano District.
Therefore the present activity of the group began, in two fields: the one of research and the one of scientific expansion. The structure wants to offer to all those interested, the opportunities to be able to use high quality instrument, wich are not always available to individuals and to expand the competence reached in years of field experience.
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