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Photograph - The Moon taken at Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, circa 1874 Image Reg. No: MM 039986

Summary:
Photograph of the Moon at first quarter, taken by Joseph Turner with the Great Melbourne Telescope at Melbourne Observatory around 1874.

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.
Description Of Content:
Moon at first quarter.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: astronomy, observatories, telescopes, the moon
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, 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, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: observational photographs
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Maker: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, circa 1874

Comments

Barry Clark Posted on 10 Feb 2011 8:40 PM
The moon is at first quarter, not in 'half shadow'. The GMT was used for lunar photography at the prime focus mainly between 1872 and 1875. As it was not used for scientific work to any extent after 1894, dating the photo to the 1900s doesn't make sense. The same applies to the following photo except the phase is gibbous.

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