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Astronomical Telescopes

Nature volume 158, page 764 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



PROF. HLASKETT delivered his presidential address February 8, 1946, to the Royal Astronaeal Society, taking Astronomical Tele-scopes as his subject; the address has now been pH (Mon. Not. Boy. Astro. Soc, 106, 1, 80). He has been a tendency for some time to be flfcle the observational work that can be carried out at observatories in Britain, and some have even expressed the view that in the interests of efficiency the university observatories should be closed down. Others, while not quite so extreme in their attitude towards British climatic conditions, have suggested that if money for new telescopes should become available in Britain, these telescopes should be erected in some more or less remote part of the Commonwealth where better observing conditions prevail. Prof. Plaskett believes that these views are fundamentally wrong, and submits an alternative view under a number of headings; a brief outline of his proposals follows.

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