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H10270 Reseaux plates (15) in case, for measuring astronomical photographs, glass / silver / asphalt / wood / textile, made by P Gautier / Melbourne Observatory, France / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, used at the Sydney Observatory / Melbourne Observatory, New South Wales / Victoria, Australia, 18. Click to enlarge.

15 Reseaux plates for measuring astronomical photographs in wooden case

Made
In 1887 astronomers from around the world embarked a massive new enterprise; known as the Carte du Ciel (Mapping the Stars) project it involved photographing and measuring the stars in both hemispheres. Australia was actively involved in project with observatories in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth keen to participate in this international project. Each observatory was allocated a zone of the sky and was expected to record it using instruments of a standard pattern.

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Summary

Object No.

H10270

Object Statement

Reseaux plates (15) in case, for measuring astronomical photographs, glass / silver / asphalt / wood / textile, made by P Gautier / Melbourne Observatory, France / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, used at the Sydney Observatory / Melbourne Observatory, New South Wales / Victoria, Australia, 1885-1895

Physical Description

Optical equipment, 15 Reseaux plates for measuring astronomical photographs, glass / silver / asphalt / wood / textile, used at the Sydney and Melbourne Observatories, made by P Gautier and Melbourne Observatory, France and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1885-1895.

Fifteen Reseaux plates in a wooden storage box with a hinged lid. Each Reseau consists of a square glass plate with a grid marked on its surface.

Dimensions

Height

210 mm

Width

232 mm

Depth

235 mm

Production

Made

Notes

The reseaux were made by P Gautier in France and by Melbourne Observatory in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia between 1865 and 1915.

Cite this Object

Harvard

15 Reseaux plates for measuring astronomical photographs in wooden case 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/232078>

Wikipedia

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