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Sextant - Hoppe, London, circa 1810 Object Reg. No: ST 022156

Summary:
Sextant in wooden case, made by Hoppe London, circa 1810.

Probably one of the two 'indifferent sextants' used by astronomer Robert Ellery when he established Williamstown Observatiry in 1853. Elery replaced this sextant with a new one by Potter (see ST 22158). Also used at Melbourne Observatory.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Melbourne Observatory
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: navigation apparatus instruments, sextants, surveying apparatus instruments
Themes this item is part of: Williamstown Observatory, 1853-1863, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Engineering Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Transport Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, 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, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: SURVEYING & NAVIGATION
Secondary Classification: Optical
Tertiary Classification: angular measurement
Inscriptions: Engraved: 'HOPPE, MANUFACTURER, LONDON'.
Maker: Ebenezer Hoppe, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, circa 1810
User: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
User (Probable): Williamstown Observatory, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 1853-1863

See R.L.J. Ellery, 'Account of Operations Connected with the Advancement of Commercial Astronomy in Australia', Monthly Notes & Records of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1854/55, No.15, pp.153-156 (p.154).

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