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Observing log of Alphonso King


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Alex Pratt
Time of observation
28/11/2017 - 15:10
Observing log of Alphonso King

A search through Melvyn Taylor's extensive archive revealed a log book entitled:-

Variable Star Observations

Made by A King

1882 - 1936

This contains magnitude estimates of variable stars and observations of meteors made by Alphonso King from Ashby, North Lincolnshire during the 1920s and early 1930s. The book records his naked-eye estimates of stars such as Betelgeuse (alpha Orionis), delta Cephei, beta Lyrae, Algol, (beta Persei), rho Persei, epsilon Aurigae and Mira (omicron Ceti), occasionally aided by a 'field-glass' and a 2-inch telescope.

His comparison stars for Betelgeuse were Aldebaran, Capella, Castor, Pollux, Procyon and Rigel.

During a 20 minute watch on 1933 November 13 he didn't detect any great Leonid meteor activity and the following nights were overcast and raining.

In his obituary in the BAA Journal (1936 June, Vol. 46, No. 8, pp. 301-302), J.P.M. Prentice says King (1882 January 17 - 1936 April 18) was an invaluable member of the Meteor Section. He painstakingly computed the true paths of meteors from dual-station visual observations and contributed reports to the Section's Memoirs.

Alphonso King must have spent time away from his meteor analyses to undertake the visual observations which he recorded in his log book in his excellent handwriting.

After I have read his fascinating observing log I will scan the pages then donate the volume to the BAA. We can arrange for his variable star estimates to be logged in the VSS database.

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