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Image number: RS.17523
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Alta Vista Station




Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900, British), Astronomer

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Stereoscopic view of a brick wall enclosure, with a large telescope visible in the centre, facing skyward. Volcanic rock can be seen in the background, and three large lava boulders are visible in the foreground.

Inscribed in ink underneath: 'View of the Alta Vista Station from the lava ridge on the N. showing sthe similar lava ridge on the S.'

The 'Alta Vista Station' was the name of the camp erected at the peak of Mount Teide by Charles Piazzi Smyth and his party during their 1856 astronomical expedition to this volcanic mountain range.

From the 'Tenerife Papers of Charles Piazzi Smyth', a scrapbook of watercolours and stereographs. Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900) Italian Astronomer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1857, but resigned in 1874.

Object history

Donated to the Royal Society by Charles Piazzi Smyth, 1857.

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