Bert Topham

Castlefield Observatory #6

Bert Topham and his nautical sextant at Castlefield Observatory, circa 1940.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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Castlefield Observatory #5

Bert Topham's Castlefield Observatory, circa 1940.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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Castlefield Observatory #4

Bert Topham with his nautical sextant at his Castlefield Observatory, circa 1940.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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Bert Topham #4

Bert Topham (left) during WWI. Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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Bert Topham #3

Bert Topham during WWI (France, June 20th, 1917).  The little hole in the belt is where a fragment of shell went, but at an angle. Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

 

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Bert Topham #2

Bert Topham during WWI. Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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Bert Topham #1

Bert Topham, circa WWI. Photo courtesy Lynn Kirk.

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Toronto VS Logbook

Toronto Centre variable star / nova search observing logbook, 1937-1946.

Observers (AAVSO observer code) and observing interval (JD):

  • Neil McNabb (MNB) — JD 2,428,599 - 2,429,905
  • Bert Topham (TP) — JD 2,428,640 - 2,431,938
  • R.J. Northcott (NR) — JD 2,428,633 - 2,428,745
  • Walter G. Vohman (VO) — JD 2,429,748 - 2,431,325
  • C. Forster (F23) — JD 2,428,972 - 2,430,766
  • R.S. Peterson (PTR) — JD 2,429,178 - 2,429,465

Note: the many blank pages in this book were not scanned.

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Topham Letter #3

Undated letter (no year given), found in a 1937 variable star logbook from Toronto.

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Topham Letter #2

Undated letter, found in a 1937 variable star logbook from Toronto.

Dear Miss Northcott

I have nothing of importance to report this month.

have a rotten cold for 3 weeks from being up at Crystal Lake.

Some gentlemen from Barrie came on evening at 10:30, and they were amateur astronomers. I was at work, until 2:30AM so missed them.

Three new places put up around here with glowing flood lights after dark, needlessly lighting up the sky instead of the immediate area around their property.

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