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An incomplete series of fair minutes of meetings of the Board of Longitude, 1765 - 1828

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/4: 4-214

Scope and Contents

Regarding the production of ephemerides; the publication of Tobias Mayer's lunar tables; the printing of the 'Nautical Almanac'; the employment of computers; trials of new astronomical and nautical instruments; William Garrard's method of reducing lunar distances; E. Nayler's new theory of the variation of compasses; elections to the Board of Longitude; the publication of tables of logarithms; the establishment of an observatory at the Cape of Good Hope; the voyage of HMS 'Hecla' and HMS 'Griper' in search of a north-west passage and questionnaires to be answered by officers of these ships; the sale of rewards for Arctic discoveries; the appointment of John Herschel to the Board; the selection of the Royal Observatory as the depot for chronometers; Jones' mural circle for the Cape Observatory; the publication of a book of tables of precession observation, solar nutation and proper motion over a period of four years for the sixty principle stars, with a separate table for the lunar nutation; and a catalogue of double stars.

Dates

  • 1765 - 1828

Conditions Governing Access

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Extent

211 folio(s) (211 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials

English

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