The expenses connected with the annual running of the observatory were guaranteed by the Norwegian Government and Storting. A "Magnetic Bureau" was erected at Bergen, the object of which is to take part in the treatment and publication of magnetic observations and to assist in the performance of magnetic work in our country.
The Tromsø observatory and the Magnetic Bureau are both included in the name Det Norske Institut for Kosmisk Fysikk ("The Norwegian Institute of Cosmical Physics") which, according to statutes approved by the Government, is conducted by an executive committee consisting of the Directors of the Tromsø Observatory and the Magnetic Bureau and the three other appointed by the Government.
For the work on atmospheric electricity it is advantageous to have clear and dry air, and ordinarily the observations should be undertaken on fairly even ground.
|After having inspected those localities in Northern Norway which
might possibly be taken into consideration as sites for the new observatory,
we finally decided on a place near the town of Tromsø. Before selecting
this place a careful study was made of the weather conditions, the probability
of a clear sky and the local magnetic variations at the various places.
As it was found that the ground at Tromsø gave in this respect as
good conditions as the other places inspected, we decided to place the
observatory on the top of the Tromsø Island to the north of the
lake "Prestvannet" at a distance of about 2 km from the centre of the town
and at about 105m above sea level.
The necessary ground - covering about 51 000 m2 - was granted by the town of Tromsø and municipality of Tromsøysund.
||Leiv Marius Harang, is here performing geomagnetic field measurements
in 1930. The same hut, and pillar was used until end 2005, and the instrument (teodolite)
was used until 1991(!).
Today we use more modern instruments.