Saturday 6 July 2024

Jupiter observed from Canada in 1896 with Cooke telescopes

 Attempts were made on May 22nd 1896 at several points across Canada to observe the occultation of  a 9th magnitude star in Cancer by Jupiter. 

At the Toronto Observatory Mr F L Blake using the Cooke 6 inch refractor found the planet was too low in the sky for first class seeing, although the night was clear. 

Dr J C Donaldson of Fergus Ontario using a 3.25 inch Cooke & Sons refractor obtained a glimpse of the star, but the nearness to the horizon made observing very difficult. 

It is not known if any other observers further to the west observed the occultation.


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