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It used to be in 1894 that Mr Campbell first defined to his colleagues his provisional plans for an day trip to the southern hemisphere to safe radial pace observations of the brighter stars. The time for organizing such an excursion appeared to have are available November, 1900. With the approval and endorsements of Dr Benjamin I. Wheeler, President of the college, the topic was once dropped at the eye of Mr D. O. generators, the donor of the generators spectrograph. Mr turbines so much generously provided to supply cash for 96 The Doppler impression determine 6. nine. the recent generators spectrograph at Lick. determine 6. 10. The D. O. turbines reflecting telescope and 3-prism spectrograph in Chile. contributing the tools, for defraying the touring, erecting, and holding charges, and for the salaries of astronomers engaged within the paintings. [68] hence did the D. O. turbines day trip to Chile come into being. within the scale of actions deliberate, within the breadth of his imaginative and prescient, within the decision to hold an extended and hard programme via to its profitable end in either hemispheres, Campbell was once absolutely the equivalent of his nice East Coast modern, Edward Pickering at Harvard. What Pickering accomplished for spectral class, Campbell now complemented with radial velocities, at the present the 2 nice branches of stellar astrophysics. Like Pickering, Campbell was once lucky to have the continued monetary aid of a beneficiant benefactor who used to be to supply for the operating of the Santiago station until eventually 1911. Darius Ogden generators died in 1910, yet his son, Ogden generators (1857–1929), then funded the operation of the southern observatory in complete until eventually 1917 and partially from 1917 to 1922. paintings on equipping the excursion begun in earnest in 1901. It was once determined to construct a 36 14 -inch Cassegrain reflector (Fig. 6. 10) utilizing a parabolic reflect already in the observatory’s ownership. This, besides the fact that, ‘broke right into a multitude of items’ through the vital gap perforation and a brand new disk was once ordered from the St Gobain works in Paris in June 1901. A yr later the Brashear Co. in Pittsburgh had figured the first and the telescope tube and mounting had in the meantime been accomplished in December 1901. regrettably, the replicate persisted to place the day trip in jeopardy, because it needed to be back to Pittsburgh to right figuring error and was once no longer eventually accomplished until eventually February 1903. The excursion sailed right away less than the management of William Wright, with out even having time to check the telescope. the purpose was once to press forward and entire inside years the radial-velocity programme to m V = five. fifty one within the ultimate area of the sky from approximately −30◦ to the south pole. the rate with which the recent observatory was once validated used to be striking. Site-testing in Chile took one month and Cerro San Cristobal, 2. three km from vital Santiago, altitude 840 m, used to be chosen (Fig. 6. 11). development started on 27 could 1903, first and foremost of iciness. gazing began on eleven September. From first environment foot in Chile to first 6. 12 Campbell, Wright and Moore at Lick ninety seven determine 6.

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