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    Re: Aligning a transit telescope to the meridian
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2008 Apr 21, 21:50 -0700

    Geoffrey Kolbe wrote:
    > It seems that in England, there was a flurry of interest in small transit
    > telescopes in the late 19th century as country gentlemen and the newly rich
    > industrialists needed some way to determine the time in their country
    > estates.
    In the previous message I forgot to mention that last weekend I was
    looking through a few old issues of The Observatory. There were a couple
    articles in 1907 having to do with latitude, longitude, and time
    determination. One correspondent mentioned observations with a 3-inch
    transit instrument; it sounded like he was an amateur.
    The other article, the one about a theodolite method yielding results
    free from refraction error, has a fully worked real life example with
    accurate results. But that's one case. I can't help wondering if it was
    typical, or just lucky.
    This site has The Observatory online back to 1877.
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