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Mills Observatory, Dundee, Scotland:- DJI Phantom 3 Pro Drone Aerial Views

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The Mills Observatory opened on 28 October 1935
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Balgay Hill and Mills Observatory Dundee Scotland

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Uncertain future for Dundee's Mills Observatory

Dundee's Mills Observatory - Britain's only public stargazing site - may be sold to a private investor as Dundee City Council bids to meet reduced budget targets.
The 85-year-old observatory costs the council only 46,500 a year to run but, in a bid to make 20 million of savings from next year's 330 million budget, the facility may be turned over to a private trust fund.

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It has given generations of stargazers free access to the heavens as the only public observatory in the UK.
But the 85-year-old Mills Observatory in Dundee is now under threat of privatisation with the city's council considering turning its daily running over to a private trust.
Like other councils throughout Scotland, Dundee is being forced to examine every service that it runs for savings, including the council-funded observatory on Balgay Hill. However, Mills supporters, including Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and opposition councillors say changes could end free entry and lead to the possibility of the historic building being sold off in the future.

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