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Great Melbourne Telescope - Grubb, 1868 Object Reg. No: ST 038755

Great Melbourne Telescope, built by Thomas Grubb of Dublin in 1868 and erected at Melbourne Observatory in 1869.

Reflector telescope, Cassegrain design, with a 48 inch speculum (metal) primary mirror.

Used at Melbourne Observatory from 1869 to 1892 to observe changes in the nebulae of the southern hemisphere. Thereafter used only intermittently.

Upon closure of Melbourne Observatory in 1944, sold to the Commonwealth Observatory at Mount Stromlo, Canberra. At Stromlo the telescope was fitted with a 50 inch glass mirror; many of the original parts of the telescope were progressively removed. These were transferred to Museum Victoria in 1978-84.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australian National University (ANU), 1984
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: astronomical instruments, telescopes
Themes this item is part of: Great Melbourne Telescope, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Thomas Grubb, Telescope Maker (1800-1878), Science & Measurement Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Pietro Baracchi, Astronomer (1851-1926), Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Establishing Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1911-1912, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: telescopes
Maker: Thomas Grubb, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, 1868
Commissioned By: Royal Society, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain
User: Pietro Baracchi - Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1883-1892

Observer at the Melbourne Observatory
User: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1869-1945
User: Mount Stromlo Observatory, Mount Stromlo, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1945-2003

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