image ms_166_31
Image number: RS.11503
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Star transit instrument

Date

ca.1910

Creator

Albert Edgar Gendle (1886-1923, British), Meteorologist

Object type

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Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 200mm
width (print): 143mm
height (paper support): 253mm
width (paper support): 203mm

Subject

Content object

Description

Interior view of Eskdalemuir Observatory’s observation hut showing a transit instrument mounted on a stone plinth. Captioned ‘Star-Transit Instrument’.

Eskdalemuir Observatory was constructed in 1904 to make geomagnetic and other observations. It was sufficiently remote (located near Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) to be free from electrical interference. Many of the instruments had originally been located at Kew Observatory

Albert Edgar Gendle (1886-1923) was Clerk Assistant to the Eskdalemuir Observatory until 1913, having worked as a boy at Kew Observatory. He then joined the Meteorological Office before becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Air Force in 1919. He was killed near Baghdad, Iraq, in 1923.

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