Mason, Charles, 1728 - 1786 (astronomer and mathematician)
Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:
Bradley's instructions for observations of the transit of Venus, with a note in Charles Mason's hand, 1761
Various rough drafts of the solution of astronomical problems.
Computations by Charles Mason of the Moon's tabular longitude and comparison with observed longitude, 13 September 1750 - 2 November 1760, with remarks on how the computations were arrived at.
Astronomical tables and ephemerides, including notes on Burg's new lunar tables, elements of solar tables of several astronomers (de Lalande, Mayer, de Lacaille, Morris, Mason and Howe) and several memoranda on comparisons of various stars.
General correspondence with, among others, the Duke of Norfolk; the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; 'Nature'; the Revd Father D.J.K. O'Connell, S.J., Specola Vaticana, Castel Gandolfo, Rome; the University of British Colombia; and the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. The subjects include Sir Richard Woolley's review of 'The Journal of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon' and of 'Herschel at the Cape: Diaries and Correspondence of Sir John Herschel'.
Letter concerning the longitudes of the stars from Johann Mayer's and Charles Mason's tables, 1787-07-16
The letters are primarily from Nevil Maskelyne but include three sent to Andrews by Margaret Maskelyne, following the death of her father.
A letter from Charles Mason, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, giving details of errors for the solar tables.
Lunar computations for Charles Mason's new tables of 1772, covering the period 13 September 1750 to 31 December 1759. For each year there are remarks on the accuracy of the observations and computations.
Lunar tables in longitude and latitude according to the Newtonian law of gravity, by Charles Mason, 1778. The volume includes a disapproval of Mason's fee from the Board of Longitude [RGO 4/86: 2]; an example of computing the Moon's longitude and latitude; annual equations of the Moon's anomaly and ascending node; and computed longitude and latitude compared with observed longitude and latitude, with corrections, 13 September 1750 - 2 November 1760 [RGO 4/86: 14r].
An undated photocopy of 'Maskelyne Book 2' entitled 'Presents of my Observations, Papers in the Philosophical Transactions, &c', covering 1775-1803. The book includes the names of people to whom Nevil Maskelyne has arranged to give speeches, including Joseph de Lalande, Sir John Pringle, Charles Mason, Dr Lind and Jean Delambre.
A microfilm made by the National Archives, Washington, of the 'Journal of Charles Mason during the survey of the Mason and Dixon Line', 15 November 1763 - 11 September 1768.
The Moon's longitude deduced from Charles Mason's tables of 1776, and compared with observed longitude, 8 January 1750 - 31 December 1759. There are also tables of the Moon and Sun's positions, 13 September 1750 - 2 November 1760, and abstracts of errors of Mason's lunar tables, 1750-1752.
The Moon's observed right ascension, declination, longitude and latitude compared with Johann Mayer's tables, 8 January 1772 - 30 December 1776, and with Charles Mason's tables, 1 January 1777 - 30 December 1782.
Calculations and arguments for computing the Moon's tabular place, 13 September 1750 - 31 December 1759, with many calculations apparently on lunar equations. There are also tables on the longitude equations of the Moon, 29 September 1759 - 2 November 1760, and the latitude equations of the Moon, 1 January - 2 November 1760, calculated by Charles Mason.
Comparison of the Moon's observed place with the tabular place from two sets of tables calculated by Charles Mason, 8 January 1751 - 31 December 1759.
Index errors of mural circle observations of stars, 1813; difference of errors in the 1778 tables of Charles Mason on two successive days; and reduction of mural circle observations of stars in the star ledger, 1813.
The Moon's observed right ascension, declination, longitude and latitude compared with Charles Mason's first lunar tables, 9 January 1783 - 21 December 1788, and with Mason's second lunar tables, 2 January 1789 - 8 October 1794.
The Moon's observed right ascension, declination, longitude and latitude compared with Charles Mason's second lunar tables, 11 October 1794 - 31 December 1800.
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