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Papers of John Herschel, 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 35/170/8

Scope and Contents

5. Star magnitudes, Cape of Good Hope.

5/1. Observations entitled 'Star-magnitudes. Original Observed Lists. Booked', 1836-1841.

5/2. 'Chap. IV. Astrometry of The Magnitudes of the Stars.'

5/2.1. Notes and calculations entitled 'Photometry Astromet[r]y', including a letter to Herschel from Hugh, 3rd Duke of Northumberland, 30 October 1840.

5/2.2. 'Magnitudes of the Stars from actual observation', covering observed sequences of 1835-1841.

5/2.3. Notes regarding comparisons of stars by the intervention of the Moon.

5/2.4. Three pencil charts, June 1841.

5/2.5. 'A Catalogue of Stars for the year 1830 of the fifth magnitude and upwards...NPD. 125º to 180º with their true magnitudes as observed in the years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8' by Sir John Herschel.

5/3. Notes on the revision of the southern constellations.

5/4. Notes entitled 'Constellation Reform. Nomenclature'.

6. Papers relating to the Cape of Good Hope.

6/1. Catalogue pages taken from a folder entitled 'Brisbane Stars'.

6/2. Miscellaneous notes, including three letters to Herschel from Thomas Maclear, undated, and several sheets in Caroline Herschel's hand.

6/3. Parts of the reduced observations of nebulae and clusters and of the reduced observations of double stars.

6/4. Maclear's observations of the right ascensions of Brisbane stars.

7. Papers relating to the Cape of Good Hope.

7/1. Rough work for charts on the distribution of nebulae over the heavens.

7/2. Seven charts of the southern constellations.

7/3. Observations and notes on Halley's Comet, including letters to Herschel from Thomas Maclear, 24 January 1836, 4 March 1836, 5 March 1836, 15 April 1836, and four undated; C. Bell, undated; and a printed communication from Edward J. Cooper.

7/4. Observations and notes on Halley's Comet.

7/5. 'Comet. Sheets read for fair Copy.'

7/6. 'Satellites of Saturn': observations, notes, tables and drafts of passages in J.F.W. Herschel, 'Results of astronomical observations made during the years 1834-38 at the Cape of Good Hope' (London, 1847), Chapter 6. There is also a letter to Herschel from Johann von Lamont, 10 December 1846.

8. A miscellaneous set of large charts and graphs, apparently brought together solely due to size, including star charts, double star orbits, astrometry curves and meteorological graphs. Many relate to Cape observations.

9. The manuscript of Herschel, ' the Cape of Good Hope' (1847).

9/1. Introduction.

9/2. Chapter I: 'Observations of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars taken in the course of Sweeping with the 20-feet Reflector'.

9/2.1. Introduction to the Catalogue of Nebulae.

9/2.2. Remarks on the Catalogue.

9/2.3. 'A general Catalogue of the Stars known to exist in the area occupied by the great Nebula about [Eta] Argus.'

9/2.4. Reduced observations of nebulae and clusters of stars.

9/2.5. 'Synoptic Table of the dates of the Sweeps...A list of such nebulae and clusters of stars of Mr Dunlop's Catalogue as have been certainly or more or less probably identified with objects in the foregoing Catalogue...[not printed]. List of figured Nebulae referred to in the Catalogue.'

9/2.6. 'Of the law of distribution of nebulae and clusters of stars over the surface of the heavens...Of the Classification of Nebulae...Of the two Nubeculae or Magellanic Clouds.'

9/2.7. 'Stars, Nebulae and Clusters in the Nubecula Minor...Stars, Nebulae and Clusters in the Nubecula Major.'


  • Creation: 1936


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Finding aid date

2007-01-30 16:14:02+00:00

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