John Franklin-Adams, British astronomer

John Franklin-Adams, British astronomer

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Caption: John Franklin-Adams (1843-1912), British amateur astronomer. Educated in London, Berlin and Havre, and having travelled extensively, Franklin-Adams had good command of many modern languages. In 1890 he took up the practice of astronomy in Wimbledon, London, then in the Argyll, Scotland, and later in South Africa. It was while in the Argyll that he began photographically charting the sky. The first photographic atlas of the entire sky, the Franklin-Adams Charts, were published posthumously in 1914. They comprise 206 prints with a limiting magnitude of 15.

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