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Star Catalogue - Epoch 1870, Melbourne Observatory, 1874 Document Reg. No: HT 23203

Summary:
First Melbourne General Catalogue of Stars, for the Epoch 1870, Melbourne Observatory, 1874.

The published catalogue of 1227 stars is based on observations primarily undertaken by Edward. J. White, First Assistant Astronomer at Melbourne Observatory, between 1863 and 1870.

Presentation copy to E. J. White, with Melbourne Observatory bookplate.
Description:
Printed softcover large format book.
Statement Of Significance:
Edward J. White (1831-1913) was First Assistant Astronomer at Melbourne Observatory. White joined Williamstown Observatory as assistant astronomer in 1860, moved to Melbourne Observatory when it was established in 1863, and remained as First Assistant Astronomer until his retirement in 1892.

White was responsible at the Observatory for the main transit observations, both to establish local standard time, and for preparation of star catalogues of southern hemisphere stars. He also undertook most of the detailed mathematical work required to reduce each observation and determine its precise position for the star catalogues.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Karen White, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 306 mm (Height), 257 mm (Width)

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Themes this item is part of: Mapping the Stars at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Great Melbourne Telescope, Robert Lewis John Ellery, Astronomer & Scientist (1827-1908), Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Williamstown Observatory, 1853-1863, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: observational records
Inscriptions: Cover inscription: 'First Melbourne General Catalogue of 1227 Stars for the Epoch 1870, deduced from observations extending from 1863 to 1870, made at the Melbourne Observatory, under the direction of Robert L. J. Ellery, Government Astronomer to the Colony of Victoria. Reduced and prepared for publication by Mr E. J. White, First Assistant Astronomer. Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1874.'
Author: Mr. Edward White - Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1874
Author: Mr Robert Ellery, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1874
Organisation Named: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1874
References: Diary of Edward J. White, 1850-1913, State Library of Victoria, MS 13122.
Robert Ellery, Presidential Address, 8 July 1872, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, v 10, 1870-73.

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