Reference numberCD/49/1
TitleLetter from [Herbert Hall] Turner, to Sir William Huggins, President of the Royal Society
Date12 October 1903
DescriptionDiscusses the assistance required by the minor observatories engaged in work for the [International] Astrographical Chart. Gives a general summary of the position. Lists the 18 observatories working on the chart: Greenwich, Oxford, Perth (Western Australia), Cape of Good Hope, Melbourne, and Sydney as the British observatories, as well as Rome, Catania, Helsingfors, Potsdam, Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Algiers, San Fernando, Taenbaya, Monte Video, and Cordoba. Notes that the observatories in the British colonies are struggling with a great obligation and little funding, especially in Australia.

Describes the separate stages of work on the Astronomical Chart, and notes what an extensive work it is. Explains that the French have been given ample funding for this project, as seen in the calculations [CD/48/18] sent from [Maurice] Loewy, Director of the Paris Observatory. Notes the minimum that should be done by all observatories for the project to work - taking short exposure plates, measuring them, and publishing them.

Makes a table of where each British observatory is getting the funds to do these works, and notes the sums of money urgently needed.
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Fellows associated with this archive
NA1105Turner; Herbert Hall (1861 - 1930)1861 - 1930
NA7376Huggins; Sir; William (1824 - 1910); astronomer1824 - 1910
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