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The Carina Nebula. This is an exposure of several hours taken with the Astrographic telescope of the Royal Observatory.
A series of drawings of Halley's comet made by Sir John Herschel from Cape Town around 1835.
The McClean telescope dating from around 1900.
The bottom end of the Astrographic telescope. A glass photographic plate was placed in the plateholder.
Oldest dome at the Royal Observatory, dating from 1847.
The Royal Observatory photographed from across the Black River, with Devil's Peak in the background.
David Gill, who was Director at the Royal Observatory 1879-1907 at his desk in 1888 - with his wife Bella.
A total eclipse blotting out the bright Sun and showing the Corona around it.

Plates on loan from the South African Astronomical Observatory, descriptions courtesy of Prof Ian Glass.

DAVID AND BELLA, ROYAL OBSERVATORY, 1888, CAPE TOWN
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