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#1 daniel_h

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:33 AM

ON the weekend Old Melbourne Observatory celebrated its 150th Anniversary (albeit a coule of months late)
there was a nice re-enactment with governor of the day henry barkly & government astronomer robert ellery pictured

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:36 AM

more celebrations, in the smaller dome in the background a 4" photoheliograph is held -put in for the 1874 venus tansit - has photographed every transit since. the larger dome houses a 8" refractor put in at the same time -gives great planetary views

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:40 AM

a pic inside the eastern transit rm, showing the new window & shutter on the roof -most imprtant role the obs had when started was time service.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:42 AM

lastly the showpiece of the Observatory in its heyday, the Great Melbourne telescope -a 48" speculum mirror made in Ireland -the then largest telescope in Sth hemipshere & world in 1869

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:37 PM

Cool. Thanks for sharing.


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