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    Halley’s Comet, 14 February 1836

    James Basire III (1796 - 1869, British) , Engraver
    Thomas Maclear (1794 - 1879, British Irish) , Astronomer
    Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819 - 1900, British) , Astronomer
    Object type
    Library reference
    height (print): 270mm
    width (print): 400mm
    Content object
       > comet
    Halley’s Comet on 14 February 1836 viewed from the Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa using a reflecting telescope of 13 ½ inch mirror made by William Herschel. Thomas Maclear’s accompanying description states that: “My young friend and assistant, Mr. C. Piazzi Smyth, has made a few drawings from the sketches I made occasionally, on a comparative scale, derived from the actual measurements. These drawings (contained in four plates) accompany the present paper, and will illustrate the progress of the changes far better than I can describe them.”

    Figure from plate 3 of the paper “Observations of Halley’s Comet, made at the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, in the years 1835 and 1836.” By Thomas Maclear (Admiralty, London, 1838). Originally published in Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 10. Inscribed: top right “Mem. of Roy.Ast.Soc.Vol.X.Plate III”; and lower right “J.Basire, sc.”

    Sir Thomas Maclear (1794-1879) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1831.

    Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1857.
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