Horace Dall – Rough stuff across Iceland

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    Posted by Len Entwisle at 18:52 on 2014 Jan 24

    The late Horace Dall was a great amateur astronomer & optician with a sense of adventure and was known to ‘get on his bike’. I knew of his trip across Iceland but an email newsletter from the CTC today led me to a website carrying a photo log of his Icelandic trip together with handwritten notes. Here is the link Horace Photo Log. Thought it may be of general interest.


    Posted by Neil Morrison at 21:24 on 2014 Jan 24

    I Have just viewed Horacec Dalls remarkable Journey and the picture. Please may the pictures and narative be considered for printing in a future edition of our journal. Having toured arround Iceland in the comfort of a tour bus routing along the Icelantic A1 road ( much of which is still unmetalled)a few years ago I can appreciate the rigours that Horace Dall endured. True grit.Neil


    Posted by Nick James at 17:15 on 2014 Jan 25

    Hi Neil/Len,Yes, Horace Dall was an extraordinary character who was as well known for his travelogues as he was for his astronomy. He met his wife in Patagonia and the Journal contained frequent reports of his trips. The Iceland cycling expedition is mentioned in Jim Hysom’s very interesting summary of Horace’s life (JBAA 97,2,1987) which is worth a read. You can get it from ADS here.I’ve just had a look at the website and the photos and descriptions of that tour show very clearly what kind of man he was. Nick.


    Posted by R A Marriott at 03:37 on 2014 Jan 26

    I&I News, New Series No. 11 (9 May 2013) is a 33-page issue dedicated to Horace Dall. It includes Jim Hysoms obituary of Horace; Over unknown Iceland on a Raleigh roadster by Ben Searle, with a selection of Horaces photographs; Horaces papers on The camera obscura, A null test for paraboloids, FP3 Series II film, Atmospheric dispersion, Maksutov telescopes, Visual astronomy in the ultraviolet, Telescope eyepieces, Finding and guiding on dark skies, Photoelectric methods in amateur astronomy, Filter-type solar prominence telescope for amateurs, and A DollondWollaston telescope; Comments on the null test by F. J. Hargreaves; Memories of Horace Dall by Robin Scagell; The genius of Horace Dall by Martin Mobberley; Horace Dalls observatory by Mark Stuckey; and two short pieces by myself, on the protoype Dall-Kirkham and the Horace Dall Medal and Gift. It also includes links to Robin Scagells 52-minute video of Horace, filmed in 1982, and Gee Hurkmans 6-minute video of his cycle journey across Iceland in 2010. Like all issues of I&I News, this issue was sent to all Members with e-mail, and is available for download (when logged in) from the Members Only area of this website: Menus – Members/Downloads/Sections/Instruments and Imaging Section/navigation link 2. It is also available for download from the Instruments and Imaging Section website at http://www.britastro.org/iandi/iandinewsdall.htmBob Marriott: Director, Instruments and Imaging Section

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