Åkesta Observatory — VARF
Åkesta Observatory — VARF
Åkesta Observatory was built in 1939 by the amateur astronomer Åke Odelberg, and this ”star house” is one of Sweden’s oldest privately owned observatories.
- Address: Åkesta Gård 5, Skultunavägen
- Phone: +46 72 557 04 80
- More Info: https://varf.se/
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