Manchester Astronomical Society

Manchester Astronomical Society, Godlee Observatory, Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester, Manchester M1 3BU
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Established: 1903

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The Manchester A.S. Atlas has featured in the following publications...

The Bevis Atlas has also featured in the following publications...

middle - Michael Oates,
left - Anthony W Cross, right - Kevin J Kilburn


John Bevis' proposed 'Uranographia Britannica'

An extremely rare atlas compiled by John Bevis in the eighteenth century, discovered at the Manchester Astronomical Society.


Just a few small examples of the charts.

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The Manchester Astronomical Society have discovered that a star atlas that has been in their library since before the Second World War is one of only twenty six copies known to exist. This extremely rare atlas was compiled by John Bevis, an eighteenth century physician - turned astronomer, whose other claim to fame is as the discoverer of the Crab Nebula, the wreck of a star that became a supernova in the year 1054 and which is now regarded as a key object of interest with modern astronomers; in the UK particularly with radio astronomers at Jodrell Bank.

A list of all known Bevis Atlases (Updated June 2014)