....Oakland, California - Stargazing since 1924







01/01/1884

 

Chabot Space and Science Center and
Eastbay Astronomical Society timeline

Compiled by Carter Roberts and Don Stone

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01 Jan 1884
Charles Burckhalter visits Chabot Observatory for the first time. (First visitors register.)
May 1885
Anthony Chabot donates money for purchase of transit and time keeping equipment.
14 May 1886
Charles Burckhalter took charge of Observatory.
18 May 1886
Observatory in full operation. (CB and Charles B. Hill (CBH) names written in visitor register.)
1886-1887
1644 visitors
24 Oct 1887
W.H. Lawden, assisted by CB and CBH photographed the moon.
06 Jan 1888
Anthony Chabot passes away.
09 Jan 1888
Day of mourning. Funeral service at 11 A.M. Body of Chabot placed in vault of Hiram Tubbs while his plot is prepared.
19 Jan 1888

Anthony Chabot buried in Mountain View Cemetary.

27 Feb 1888
Chabot Observatory takes over ringing the City Hall bell.
01 Jun 1888
Charles Hill, one of the associate directors, moves to Lick Observatory, Burckhalter left in charge of Chabot Observatory.
1887-1888
1738 visitors
Jul 1888
Burckhalter already interested in the very new field of astrophotography.
01 Jan 1889
Total Solar eclipse across northern California. Burckhalter leads an expedition of the Pacific Coast Amateur Photographic Association to Cloverdale.
05 Jan 1889
John Brashear visits Chabot Observatory.
16-18 Apr 1899
Exchanged signals with Davidson Observatory in San Francisco to determine logitude. (Also done in May, 1899.)
1888-1889
1821 visitors (taxes Observatory to the limit).
27 Jul 1889
Astronomical Society of the Pacific meets at Chabot.
30 Aug 1889
The Telescope Trust Fund is listed as containing 10 Contra Costa water bonds worth $10,000 @ 5% per annum, and $750 cash in bank.
1889-1890
2100 visitors
1890-1891
2165 visitors
12 Feb 1892
Burckhalter elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
28 May 1892
Observatory closed for major renovation during which the 8-inch tower

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