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Mounted Print - At the Melbourne Observatory, Watching for the Comet, 1884 Image Reg. No: SH 950100

Coloured engraving of an astronomer using the 8 inch south equatorial telescope at Melbourne Observatory to view a comet. From the front page of The Illustrated Australian News, 19 March 1884.

The comet being observed was Pons' comet, which was observed at Melbournhe Observatory from 6 January to 18 March 1884. The astronomer depicted is probably intended to be Victorian Government Astronomer Robert Ellery.
Small coloured print, mounted in a museum board frame.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 48.00 cm (Height), 34.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: comets, observatories, astronomical instruments, telescopes, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Robert Lewis John Ellery, Astronomer & Scientist (1827-1908), Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Great Melbourne Telescope, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Mapping the Stars at Melbourne Observatory, 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: Popular
Tertiary Classification: illustrations
Inscriptions: On front: At the Melbourne Observatory - watching for the comet. The Illustrated Australian News, no. 342, Melbourne, Wednesday, March 19, 1884. Proce 6d.
Format: Print - Engraving: Colourised
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1884
Person Depicted: Mr Robert Ellery, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1884


Barry Clark Posted on 10 Feb 2011 7:05 PM
It's definitely not the 4.5 inch North Equatorial but the 8-inch South Equatorial.

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