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Kuffner Observatory, Austria

Established by Moritz von Kuffner, the observatory was constructed between 1884 and 1886 (extended in 1889/90) based on architect Franz Ritter von Neumann plans. Kuffner's intention was to create a private research institution of the highest reputation, and in order to achieve this, he spent major parts of his family's wealth on the construction, the equipment and also the ongoing operation of the observatory. Today, the Kuffner observatory still hosts its original instruments from the late 19th century, and is operated as a public observatory and educational institution jointly by the City of Vienna and the private Assiociation Kuffner Observatory.

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