Thursday 16 November 2023

Venus seen through a Cooke telescope from Manchester in 1901

 A drawing of Venus was made at the observatory of Mr Chatwood at Worsley, Manchester in 1901 using his 9.75 inch Thomas Cooke & Sons telescope. This had originally been owned by Isaac Fletcher of Cumberland.

The telescope would in 1902 be purchased by J T Ward for the newly formed Wanganui Astronomical Society in New Zealand.

The telescope is sometimes referred to as a 9.5 or 9.75 inch telescope and just to add extra confusion when ordered it was supposed to be a 9 inch telescope.

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