TQ3877 : Flamsteed's Well Telescope, Greenwich

taken 7 years ago, near to Blackheath, Lewisham, Great Britain

Flamsteed's Well Telescope, Greenwich
Flamsteed's Well Telescope, Greenwich
John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal at Greenwich used a 100ft well on this site to accommodate a very long telescope. The astronomer sat at the bottom of the well and observed stars that passed directly overhead. It was hoped that placing the telescope in the well would make it possible to create a steady long-focus instrument for very fine measurements. Flamsteed made a few observations from here in 1679 but the damp underground conditions soon made the telescope impossible to use. This reconstructed area of bricks indicates the approximate site of the well telescope.
TQ3877 : Notice Board regarding Flamsteed's Well Telescope
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 8 July, 2010
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Telescopes   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 389 772 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.6074N 0:0.0263W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 389 772
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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