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Transit instrument, Fernhill Observatory, Isle of Wight, UK. A transit instrument is used to measure the positions of celestial objects as they transit a pre-defined point. Fernhill Observatory was a private observatory operated by the British amateur astronomer Frederick Brodie (1823-1896). Brodie, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, originally had an observatory in Uckfield, Sussex, which was transferred to the Isle of Wight. Artwork from 'A Handbook of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy' (1890, 4th edition, volume II) by British author George Frederick Chambers (1841â1915).
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