Friday, 30 October 2009

Tuesday October 30, 1894

Discussed with Mr Skinner (from Messrs Troughton & Simms) plans for new Astrographic micrometer and for Photographic spectroscope.

William Christie, Astronomer Royal

RH says..... On another topic, Graham Dolan has kindly send me an image of the Great Equatorial Building's balcony under construction - see entry for 19 October. He tells me that this picture can be dated to the summer of 1898, so it seems that it took some time to do the work. It is always interesting to see in these old images that, although the Observatory was closed to the public, it was still a sight for visitors to Greenwich Park - even if they were chiefly there for the view down to the river that the people on the benches at the right of the picture are enjoying.
The balcony of the Great Equatorial Building of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, under construction, 1898, copyright Graham Dolan.

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