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Castlefield Observatory Sketch

Castlefield Observatory Sketch

Bert Topham's Castlefield Observatory in Toronto, at the end of its life.

Sketch by Eugene Fedorenko (Toronto Centre).

Photos of this observatory from the RASC Archives.

A short bio on Bert Topham (1893-1962) appears on page 148 of Looking Up.

Note from Geoff Gaherty:

When I joined the Montreal Centre in 1957, they had only a few months before they purchased Bert Topham's 165mm (6.5") f/15 refractor, equatorial mount, and motor drive, and mounted it in what was to become the Isabel Williamson observatory. I had the use of that fine telescope on many occasions, until vandals broke into the dome and stole the objective.

Here's a picture of the Topham refractor in its new home in Montreal, taken sometime in mid-1957: George Wedge is at the eyepiece, and the crowd includes Isabel Williamson, Harper Hall, Frank DeKinder, Ted Morris (solver of Messier mysteries), C.L. Drolet-Bridgen, Don Frappier, and Charles Good.