[ASC-list] Transit of Venus books

Ian ianw2 at exemail.com.au
Sat Jun 2 01:15:16 UTC 2012

The latest issue of "Scope" refers to Simon O'Toole's book review of
"Transit of Venus" (by Nick Lomb).  Which is on the ASC website at


Some readers might also be interested to know that Sydney University Press
has published a facsimile edition of Russel's 1892 report "Observations of
the 1874 Transit of Venus, 9 December 1874, made at stations in NSW".

This facsimile includes the coloured sketches, and the B&W photos of the
equipment and the temporary observatories at Eden and Woodford (in the Blue
Mountains west of Sydney).

It might be of interest to anyone wanting historical illustrations etc. ...
in lieu of cloud photos   ;-(

See details at


BTW, I was recently told (by Nick Lomb) that second-hand copies of Russel's
original report cost about $800.


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