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Original photograph of total eclipse from expedition of John Jackson, astronomer,in 1929

This is a close up of the photograph which is under glass in a frame . The photograph has an ink written title below which reads ' Total eclipse of the sun Alor star 1929 may 9 Apeture 6 inches focal lenght 45 feet Exposure for 10 seconds by Mr Bedlington . J Jackson.'

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John Jackson was an astronomer who worked at the Greenwich observatory and later became His Majesty's Astronomer at Cape Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa


He led an expedition to Alor Star in 1929 to observe the eclipse and Mr Bedlington, the surveyor to the Kedah government, was put in charge of the 45feet telescope whilst Jackson took the plates for the 21 feet telescope. The full expidition report is at


Original photo 14inch x 11inch, full picture at

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Taken on October 2, 2009