Wigglesworth Observatory under construction, Scarborough, 1885.
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Wigglesworth Observatory under construction, Scarborough, 1885.

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A photograph showing an observatory under construction near Scarborough in North Yorkshire. The observatory was built for James Wigglesworth (1815-1888), a businesman and amateur astronomer, who had the 30 foot dome built in 1885, the same year that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Four workmen can be seen within the iron framework of the dome, whilst the two ladies of the house sit at the foot of the ladder with their two female servants standing behind them. The observatory contained an f15 Cook refractor telescope and was staffed by Wigglesworth's German observer, J. Gerhard Lohse. They determined the positions of 20 nebulae between 1885 and 1887.

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