Bert Topham

Topham Letter #1

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

 

Dear Miss Northcott

I expect you will be just returning from your vacation. I think you had them July last year. I get, last in Aug + first two weeks left and as I see to have my weed sneezes about then I guess I will either sneeze here or go north past the dust of it.

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Bert Topham

(1893-1962) Bert Topham (Toronto Centre) was a prominent observer of his day, and the first recipient of the Society's Chant Medal.

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Castlefield Observatory

(1938-72?) Bert Topham's observatory at 1250 Castlefield Ave., Toronto.

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RASC-AAVSO 1940 #4

Group photo, RASC-AAVSO meeting at DDO, 1940. An Image map with names is available. Frank Hogg appears in both photos!

Report & photo key: JRASC, 34, 224.

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Castlefield Observatory Sketch

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

Sketch by Eugene Fedorenko (Toronto Centre).

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.

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Castlefield Observatory #1

Bert Topham's observatory in Toronto (picture received 1938 June 1).

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Castlefield Observatory #2

Bert Topham's observatory in Toronto (picture received 1938 June 1).

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Castlefield Observatory #3

Bert Topham's observatory in Toronto (received 1938 June 1).

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