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As the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour on Saturday 26 January 1788, there was no light pollution. The weather was clear and they would have had a clear view of the night sky that today, we can only imagine!
25th Feby 1871
At Grafton the Southern Cross never sets a portion of the constellation always remaining above the horizon. In January the Cross passes the Meridian below the pole about 3pm and as soon as it is dusk may be seen just above the horizon to 332??.
My dear Ellery
I am sending you with this a photograph of the mounting I have had made for the Astrophoto work. The telescope is of course 11ft 4in long and the girders are 2in x 12 in x 15 feet.