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    Re: Azimuths
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2019 Jul 3, 01:35 -0700

    Brad you wrote:

    Nevil Maskelyne was an indoor theorist

    Was he?  What about his trip to St Helena in 1761 to observe the transit of Venus, and incidentally to try out his ideas on lunars;  his trip to Barbados in 1763 to observe Jupiter’s satellites and test Harrison’s watch, Mayers Tables, and Irwin’s chair; and his trip to Schiehallion in Perthshire to measure the density of the Earth.  As Astronomer Royal he would have spent a lot of time gazing skywards from the house on the hill at Greenwich, and as a cleric his soul might have been aiming even higher.  DaveP

       
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