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    Re: Aligning a transit telescope to the meridian
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2008 Apr 21, 19:51 -0700

    > That is excellent news for me. I have found lately that my coachman
    > seems under-employed. I would not want him to become "lazy" for lack
    > of labor. I shall at once set him the task of measuring delta-T on a
    > daily basis and recording his observations in an appropriate logbook.
    
    
    Yabbut.... is your coachman (coachperson?) skilled in the fine art of
    reading and transcribing the King's English?
    
    --
    GregR
    
    
    
    --- frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.net wrote:
    
    >
    > Geoffrey, you wrote:
    > "To this end, a book called "A Treatise on the Transit Instrument
    > as Applied to the Determination of Time" was written in 1882 by
    > Latimer
    > Clark. Unfortunately, although Google books tantalizingly lists the
    > contents of the book, it does not seem to be available."
    >
    > This seems to be a corrupt file. The scans are there, but they don't
    > load.
    > Puzzling on it for a few minutes, I discovered that the OCR version
    > is
    > reasonably complete (towards the upper right of the Google page,
    > click "View
    > plain text"). The tables, as usual, do not convert to text properly,
    > but
    > they're probably not relevant anyway.
    >
    >  From the text version, I learned,
    > "The instrument is adjusted quietly by the fireside, and when the
    > time
    > approaches he lays the telescope in its stand and looks through it,
    > and at
    > the proper moment he sees the one star he is seeking pass across the
    > wires
    > and give him his time to the fraction of a second. This operation is,
    > in
    > fact, so easy that his gardener or coachman may be taught to use the
    > instrument in his absence almost as accurately as himself, and such
    > persons
    > soon learn to take a pleasure in the occupation and in rendering
    > themselves
    > expert."
    >
    > That is excellent news for me. I have found lately that my coachman
    > seems
    > under-employed. I would not want him to become "lazy" for lack of
    > labor. I
    > shall at once set him the task of measuring delta-T on a daily basis
    > and
    > recording his observations in an appropriate logbook.
    >
    >  -FER
    > :-)
    >
    >
    >
    > >
    >
    
    
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