George Alcock and the Historic Ross Refractor

  • Neil English
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


Anyone with even a casual interest in the history of British amateur astronomy will be familiar with the legacy of Peterborough schoolteacher, George Alcock (1912–2000). Widely regarded as the greatest visual observer to live under English skies, Alcock was the discoverer of five comets and five novae. In his long career, he had memorized the positions and brightness of at least 30,000 stars, scanning the skies mostly with a modest binocular on every available clear night (Fig. 35.1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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