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 Franklin-Adams  photographic refractor

Known  as Franklin-Adams telescope

25 cm (10 inch)

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Index:

Summary; History; Current; Technical; Sources; Links; Gallery:

In brief

Important  Contribution:
The Franklin-Adams photographic maps of the Southern Sky were regarded as the standard for the time. (Taken with this instrument)

Description:

  • 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]

Historical Background

Owners:
Republic Observatory 1909 –

Where Located:

Current Information

Present Location:
Hartebeespoort (Pretoria Technikon?)

Owner:
Pretoria Technikon

Status:

Condition:

Technical  Details


Type: Refractor
Aperture: 10 inch (25.4 cm)
Focal Length:
Lens:
Mounting:
Attachments: Fitted with a 10 inch (25.4 cm) triple OG Cook  Star Camera (Apparently camera and telescope was one instrument)

Manufacturer: Cook?

Sources

Link to the Main Bibliography Section and more information about Sources.

Documentation:

Pictorial Sources:

Bibliography:

  • 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 (Unpublished)

Links

Gallery

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Franklin Adams Telescope.
Source: A.S.S.A. Archives: Peter Smits Collection

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The observing hut of the Franklin-Adams telescope.
Courtesy Africana Museum.  Source: Moore

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The Franklin-Adams Telescope at the Union Observatory. Innes (left) and Wood.
Courtesy Africana Museum. Source: Moore

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Franklin Adams Telescope Building at Hartebeespoort.
Source: A.S.S.A. Archives: Peter Smits Collection