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Exploring the History of New Zealand Astronomy: Trials, by Wayne Orchiston

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By Wayne Orchiston

Dr. Orchiston is a premier authority with regards to New Zealand astronomy, and listed below are the amassed papers of his fruitful reports during this zone, together with either these released a long time in the past and new fabric. The papers herein overview conventional Maori astronomy, study the looks of nautical astronomy practiced by means of cook dinner and his astronomers on their numerous stopovers in New Zealand in the course of their 3 voyagers to the South Seas, and in addition discover remarkable 19th century New Zealand observatories traditionally, from major telescopes now positioned in New Zealand to neighborhood and overseas observations made throughout the 1874 and 1882 transits of Venus and the 19th and 20th century preoccupation of recent Zealand beginner astronomers with comets and meteors.

New Zealand astronomy has a really wealthy heritage, extending from the Maori civilization in pre-European instances via to the years while explorers and navigators came across the quarter, as much as pioneering study at the newly rising box of radio astronomy in the course of WWII and within the rapid post-war years. a whole survey of a missed yet wealthy nationwide astronomical heritage, this does the topic complete and entire justice.

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5) where I could eat my dinner in the company of a few inquisitive sea gulls that liked to share my chips. 2-cm) equatorially-mounted Cooke refractor (see Tobin 1996),2 then under the care of the ever-informative Walter K. Roth, a lecturer in Physics at the University and a very familiar figure thanks to meetings of the Canterbury Astronomical Society. Through this routine, society meetings and reading a succession of astronomy books I hankered to become a regular observational astronomer, but this only came to pass in 1959 when my father accepted a new position, this time in Australia, and we all moved to Sydney.

The Reverend Dr David Kennedy (Orchiston collection) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The new Meeanee Observatory built for the Cooke refractor (Orchiston collection) . . . . . . . . ) . . . . ) . . . . ) . . . . View of the Cooke telescope at the Wellington City Observatory (Orchiston collection) . . . . . . Photographing Eros in 1931. Ivan Thomsen tracks the minor planet using the guide scope, while a local amateur named Quinnell makes minor adjustments in declination (Orchiston collection) .

Romick’s Marriott telescope on a tripod mounting (Photograph Carl Romick) . . . . . . . . . The inscription on Carl Romick’s ‘Marriott’ telescope (Photograph Carl Romick) . . . . . . Henry Severn, photographed by William Stanley Jevons in 1857 (Courtesy John Rylands Library, University of Manchester) . . . . . . . . . Henry Severn and his reflector. org) . . . . . . . . . . A photograph titled “Transit of Venus 1874. jpg) . . .

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