Franklin-Adams photographic refractor
Known as Franklin-Adams telescope
25 cm (10 inch)
The Franklin-Adams photographic maps of the Southern Sky were regarded as the standard for the time. (Taken with this instrument)
- John Franklin-Adams, a wealthy English amateur gave this telescope to the Republic Observatory (then known as Government Meteorological Observatory). Excellent work was done with this instrument.
- Used for the Franklin – Adams photographic maps of the Southern Hemisphere. [Hers; Smits]
- Wood used instrument to take 50 plates of Halley’s Comet. [Hers; Smits]
- With the growing light pollution problem experienced by the Republic Observatory (then Union) this telescope was moved to the Hartebeespoort outstation.
- Hartebeespoort outstation with its instruments was sold to Pretoria Technikon. [Smits]
Republic Observatory 1909 –
- Republic Observatory 1909 – 1954
- Hartebeespoort 1954 – ?
Hartebeespoort (Pretoria Technikon?)
Aperture: 10 inch (25.4 cm)
Attachments: Fitted with a 10 inch (25.4 cm) triple OG Cook Star Camera (Apparently camera and telescope was one instrument)
- Hers, J., The History of the Transvaal Observatory. 1, 2 & 3, MNASSA, Vol. 46, Nos. 1 & 2 [Feb], 3 & 4 [April], 5 & 6 [June], 1987 (As well as personal communications between Hers and Smits)
- Moore, P. & Collins, P., Astronomy in Southern Africa, pp. 97 – 98. (General Source)
- Smits, P., A Brief History of Astronomy in Southern Africa. (Unpublished)