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Photograph - 8-inch Refracting Telescope, Thomas Cooke & Sons, Adelaide Observatory, South Australia, circa 1880s Image Reg. No: MM 040181

The 8 inch refracting telescope, built by Thomas Cooke & Sons, York, Yorkshire, and erected at Adelaide Observatory, 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:
Unidentified refracting telescope.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: astronomy, observatories, telescopes
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: telescopes
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Adelaide Observatory, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1874-1899
Maker of Item Depicted: T. Cooke & Sons, York, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain, 1874

The 8-Inch Refracting Telescope by Thomas Cooke & Sons at the Adelaide Observatory was installed under director Charles Todd to observe the 1874 transit of Venus.
References: The transit of venus website: http://www.transitofvenus.nl/history.html, viewed 04/01/2010.


Barry Clark Posted on 05 Feb 2011 10:45 PM
This photo has many details that match the telescope and dome of the Cooke refractor of the Adelaide Observatory in the photo at http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/10250/B10172.htm , so 'probably' in the MV caption can now be removed.
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 Feb 2011 3:52 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Barry - Thank you for drawing our attention to that image! We have forwarded your feedback through to the curatorial staff who will amend the information as required.

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