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    Re: historic astronomical publications online
    From: R.H. van Gent
    Date: 2007 Jul 5, 10:01 +0200

    Another useful feature of NASA-ADS site is the possibility to a Full Text
    Click on "Search", then on "Astronomy and Astrophysics Search", which will
    lead you to
    Then click on "Full Text Search" (about halfway down the page) which will
    lead you to
    For instance, an ADS Fulltext Search for "Sumner line" (with the brackets)
    will result in about 70 hits, including the following biographical paper on
    Another very useful site with dozens of 19th and early 20th-century books on
    astronomy, navigation and other topics is
    Robert van Gent
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: NavList@googlegroups.com
    > [mailto:NavList@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Paul Hirose
    > Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 9:58 PM
    > To: Google nav list
    > Subject: [NavList 2990] historic astronomical publications online
    > NASA and the Smithsonian have a cooperative project to put a
    > large collection of astronomy publications online.
    > Go to http://www.adsabs.harvard.edu/ and click the Browse link.
    > Some of this material is interesting to the celestial
    > navigator. For example, here's a Lick Observatory report on
    > an expedition to observe the total eclipse of the Sun in the
    > northwest U.S. on June 8, 1918. They used a sextant and
    > "mercurial horizon" to determine the observing site's
    > latitude and longitude. A nearby telegraph station provided
    > time signals to calibrate the chronometer. The report notes
    > that the high Sun altitude as it crossed the meridian made
    > latitude observations difficult with a sextant.
    > http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?
    > bibcode=1918LicOB..10....1C&db_key=AST&page_ind=0&plate_select
    > One non-obvious technique on this page
    > http://adsabs.harvard.edu/journals_service.html
    > is to select the title of the journal in the list, enter a
    > number in the Volume # box, but leave the Page #, Plate #,
    > and Cover # blank. That will retrieve a table of contents for
    > that volume, with clickable links to the articles. On the
    > other hand, entering a number in the Page # box gets you a
    > page of clickable thumbnail images of the pages in the
    > requested volume.
    > Another interesting site is "Making of America Books". Try
    > browsing the categories Astronomy, Navigation, Spherical,
    > Trigonometry, etc.
    > http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moa/
    > Both these sites are satisfactory with a dial-up connection.
    > You can view the documents a page at a time.
    > --
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    > >
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