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Stationary Binoculars Appear In Ostankino
20.08.2014 13:39
Stationary Binoculars Appear In Ostankino

The presentation of stationary binoculars mounted on the capital's main observation decks was held at the Ostankino TV tower observation deck, the press service of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network reports.

      The Moscow Committee for Tourism and Hotel Business, "Discovery" financial group, Ostankino TV Tower and Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve in Kolomenskoye  announced the new stage of cooperation and the installation of stationary binoculars at the famous observation decks of the Russian capital. All binoculars can be used free of charge. 6 extra strong Canadian Hi-Spy Viewing Machines binoculars were installed on the decks of Kolomenskoye and the Ostankino TV tower (2 on one and 4 on another site, respectively).

      These binoculars are notable for original modern design and large magnification. They have two times greater magnification than American binoculars, mounted on the Sparrow Hills.

      Ostankino Tower is a television and radio tower in Moscow, Russia, owned by Moscow branch of unitary enterprise Russian TV and Radio Broadcasting Network. Standing 540.1 metres (1,772 ft) tall, Ostankino was designed by Nikolai Nikitin. It is currently the tallest freestanding structure in Europe and eighth tallest in the world. The tower was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m (1,600 ft) in height. Ostankino was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. It is named after the Ostankino district of Moscow in which it is located.

      Construction began in 1963 and was completed in 1967. Extensive use of prestressed concrete resulted in a simple and sturdy structure. It surpassed the Empire State Building and was a masterpiece of Soviet engineering in the time period it was built, to become the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It held this record for nine years until the CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Canada in 1976, which surpassed its height by 13 metres (43 ft). The Ostankino Tower remained the second-tallest structure in the world for another 31 years until the Burj Khalifa surpassed both it and the CN Tower in height in 2007. The Ostankino Tower has remained the tallest structure in Europe for 46 years. A 1994 plan to increase the tower's height to 561 metres by adding an antenna was not implemented for lack of funding.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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