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Photograph - The Sun, 1871 Image Reg. No: MM 040009

Summary:
Photograph of the Sun, 16 Feb 1871. Possibly taken by Warren de la Rue at Kew, England and sent to Melbourne Observatory as examples of sun photos, prior to Melbourne Observatory acquiring its photoheliograph in 1875.

Photograph in a photograph album used at Melbourne Observatory, late 19th century. The photographs show the main Melbourne Observatory building, Great Melbourne Telescope, 8 inch transit telescope, recording equipment, observatories in other cities and countries, astronomers, astronomical photographs of sun and stars.
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Photograph of the Sun, 16 Feb 1871.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: astronomy, great melbourne telescope, observatories, quadrants, telescopes, the sun stars
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: observational photographs
Format: Photograph: Black & White

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Barry Clark Posted on 10 Feb 2011 9:07 PM
I wrote some earlier comments but at least two of them didn't appear to be sent. These empty boxes probably came from me hitting the enter key again for 'Save Comment' when nothing appeared to be happening for minutes at a time.
Barry Clark Posted on 10 Feb 2011 9:07 PM
The Melb Photoheliograph was operating just in time for the December 1874 transit of Venus, not 1875. The diagonal cross lines were used at Kew as well as at Melb so this picture must have come from Kew if it is before 1874. The heading for the picture and two others like it is thus incorrect.

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