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In 1874 and 1882, the US Naval Observatory (USNO) sent multiple teams to time the transit of Venus with the aid of photographic equipment.  Expedition photographs reproduced here are in the collection of the US Naval Observatory Library.  These photos are not necessarily listed in any specific order.

DSC02664.JPG (64627 bytes)Transit of Venus party at Old Naval Observatory 1874, and instruments; Expeditions; Spring, 1874

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DSC02680.JPG (1182271 bytes)Plan of Photoheliograph 

DSC02686.JPG (148564 bytes)Details of Meridian Transit

DSC02687.JPG (160639 bytes) Meridian Instrument

DSC02703.JPG (1150226 bytes) DSC02691.JPG (160218 bytes) DSC02692.JPG (240074 bytes) DSC02695.JPG (1256395 bytes) "Japan 1874 -D."

Chatham Island?

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DSC02741.JPG (177138 bytes)"Interior of Japan Photographic Hut..."  

DSC02742.JPG (140176 bytes)"Box room of photographic house ventilator"

DSC02743.JPG (233903 bytes)"The Photograph Measurer in Interior of Admiral's Office.  Negative of Sun leaning against books."

DSC02744.JPG (194845 bytes)"The Kerguelen heliostat, clock, and pier. In the distance this Crozet's (?) & Siberia transit houses with doors open."

DSC02745.JPG (207692 bytes)"New Zealand heliostat & clock; photographic lens 40 ft. focus; flat mirror; iron piers filled with sand."

DSC02746.JPG (237699 bytes)"New Zealand photographic lens; flat mirror, heliostat, and driving clock.  In the background the Chatham heliostat. On the right two transit houses."

DSC02747.JPG (206173 bytes)(Numbered) "Chatham Photographic House; New Zealand Photographic House, Kerguelen Photographic House; Siberia Transit House; Crozet's Transit House; Kerguelen Transit House; Dome of 26-inch refractor."

DSC02748.JPG (204394 bytes)"View of Venusia! from N.W.; New Zealand photographers in foreground."

DSC02749.JPG (223937 bytes)"View of two transit and photographic house from roof of observatory...Shows framework for covering over ground between Kerguelen photographic lens and photographic house.  To be double boarded.  Experimental tube in situ."

DSC02750.JPG (140223 bytes)"Four of the 8 equatorial houses. 10-inch Transit-circle room & 9-inch equatorial dome in the distance."

DSC02751.JPG (143991 bytes)"The Equatorial houses with square revolving domes."

DSC02752.JPG (158910 bytes)"View of Equatorial houses and packing up in Equatorial."

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1. Admiral Davis 4. Prof. Peters   New Zealand
2. Prof. Newcomb    5. Prof. Hall   Siberia
3. Prof. H. Draper 6. Capt. Raymond-  Crozets 

DSC02763.JPG (199089 bytes) "Part of the Personnel- The 26-inch equatorial of the Naval Observatory in the background."

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"The New Zealand party and ex officio members."
1. Mr. Phillips, chief photographer 5. Lieut. Bass, assistant astronomer
2. Prof. Peters, chief of party    6. Mr. Aymi (?) 3rd assistant photographer
3. Adm. Davis, President of Commission 7. Mr. Pierson, 2nd assistant photographer 
4. Prof. H. Draper Sup. of Phot. depart. 8. Mr. Russell, 1st assistant photographer

DSC02765.JPG (178472 bytes)"Chatham and New Zealand Transit houses in foreground on left.  10-inch Transit circle [??] and 9-inch equatorial dome.  Crozet's Transit house in distance on right.

DSC02766.JPG (181542 bytes)"View of Transit, Photographic & Equatorial Houses from roof of Naval Observatory."

DSC02767.JPG (200586 bytes)"Interior of Equatorial house showing tripod stand."

DSC02768.JPG (176027 bytes)"View of Washington Naval Observatory in the East.  Equatorial houses from the distance."

DSC02769.JPG (180407 bytes)"Miss Mitchell's Equatorial which resembles the (Venus transit) equatorial.  View taken in the interior of the 9-inch Equatorial dome; shows also the Observatory Comet Seeker."

DSC02770.JPG (173761 bytes)"The Transit-instrument in its house."

DSC02771.JPG (184996 bytes)"Washington Observatory from the North."

DSC02772.JPG (214350 bytes)"Washington Observatory from the North."

DSC02773.JPG (218594 bytes)"Washington Observatory from the North-west."

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Y.- Encampment of the U.S. Transit of Venus Party, on Wangoroa Bay, Chatham Island, December, 1874.

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"QB512  no.1  ST  3 of 4"
"Fig 10"
"View in Venusea from the roof of the observatory."
"Is this S Newcomb's little joke?  Does it mean just the ground covered by apparatus for observing Transit of Venus."

DSC02656.JPG (189474 bytes) "QB512 no.1 ST 1 of 4"

DSC02659.JPG (174800 bytes) "Fig. 8 The heliostat and object glass" 

DSC02661.JPG (146168 bytes) "1874- Transit of Venus Equipment, Old Observatory, (temp eq)" 

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DSC02806.JPG (1136042 bytes)"[La.] Slide moved a trifle little slow and perhaps a trifle irregular" 
"Mirror and objective dusted off.  Plumb line all right." 

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DSC02809.JPG (1356558 bytes)"Record of the Transit of Venus Station at Santiago de Chile, 1882. 

DSC02810.JPG (164304 bytes)"Stars this evening are extremely steady..."

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DSC02816.JPG (179726 bytes) DSC02815.JPG (1238480 bytes) DSC02817.JPG (1275741 bytes)David P. Todd of Amherst College Observatory writes Asaph Hall about the duplicate records of observations of the Transit of Venus, 1882, from the Lick Observatory. 

DSC02818.JPG (179546 bytes)Piece of plumb-line wire used at the Lick Observatory, 1882.

DSC02819.JPG (1218973 bytes)Observations of the Transit of Venus made at the Lick Observatory, by David P. Todd.

DSC02820.JPG (1183383 bytes)"With the compliments of Professor Todd..."

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DSC02832.JPG (179873 bytes)"Packing list for Lick Tr. of V. negatives"

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DSC02839.JPG (1214745 bytes)"Thus have we concluded the sun photos at this Station and commence to pack for Home."

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