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Crossley's observatory, Halifax, England

Crossley's observatory, Halifax, England

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Crossley's observatory. Astronomers working on the observatory founded by the British amateur astronomer Edward Crossley (1841-1905). Crossley, a wealthy businessman, founded this observatory on his private estate in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. He purchased Andrew Ainslie Common's 36-inch telescope in 1885 and had this dome constructed to house it. The weather conditions in Halifax proved unsuitable for astronomical observations, and in 1895 Crossley donated the telescope to the Lick Observatory in California, USA, where it is still in use over 100 years later. Those that worked with Crossley included the astronomers Joseph Gledhill and James Maurice Wilson.

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