n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Boyden Observatory, then and now : refereed article
|Article Title||Boyden Observatory, then and now : refereed article|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Author||H.J. Van Heerden|
|Publication Date||Aug 2008|
|Pages||116 - 134|
|Keyword(s)||ADH Telescope, Boyden Observatory, Bruce Telescope, History of astronomy, Rockefeller Telescope and Telescopes|
In this article the history of Boyden Observatory, 'the first truly international observatory', from its establishment in 1889 to the present will be discussed. There will be looked at locations, personnel, research done and discoveries made. The discussion will also include sections on the instruments used during that time, with specific emphasis on the 60-inch Boyden Rockefeller Reflector Telescope. Details about the instrument's specifications, upgrades, new equipment and role as research instrument will be examined. A final section will then be devoted to where Boyden Observatory finds itself today and where it wants to position itself in the future, specifically in terms of research and education.
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