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CHARLES WHITMELL AND THE NEWEST MOON

Charles T Whitmell (1849-1919) was an Education Inspector by profession and also a member of the Leeds Astronomical Society. Nothing fascinated Whitmell so much as the observation of ‘extreme’ astronomical sights. Many of the published observations of the ‘green flash’ … Continue reading

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THE SEATON ROSS DIALER – William Watson (1784-1857)

William Watson was born into a farming family in the tiny Yorkshire village of Seaton Ross on 17th May 1784. William, along with all of his seven brothers in due course became a farmer in his own right. His three … Continue reading

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THE ASTRONOMY OF JOHN SMEATON, FRS

In James Ferguson’s celebrated book, Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles (1778), there is a table for the Equation of Time. It gives figures for how much a clock should be faster or slower than the Sun at different … Continue reading

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