Brisbane’s Makerstoun Observatory [BOMH] (1826-60), Makerstoun House, Makerstoun nr. Kelso, erected by Sir Thomas Brisbane Brisbane . It was established after he returned from Australia on estate of his wife. The new observatory included a new refractor with a 6¼-inch Merz Obect Glass (£600) and Troughton & Simms mount, an altazimuth instrument and four clocks (1,200 guineas), as well as employing James Dunlop as observer. Later in 1842 Brisbane established the first magnetic and meteorological observatory in Scotland on the same site (Howse 1986, 66-7; Gavine 1981, 277-8; Weitzenhoffer 1992).
Society for the History of AstrononyThe Society's Survey of Astronomical History is a core element of its work and the primary reason for its founding. The Society's officer in charge of the survey is SHA Councillor Kevin Johnson. The Survey aims to reveal the depth of local history of astronomy online, across the UK and Ireland.
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