Apr 9, 2017
William Herschel was a Hanoverian musician turned British astronomer. In this episode we look at his journey from military band oboist to the court astronomer of King George III. Along the way we look at his work as a composer and orchestral director, his entry into the field of astronomical instrument construction and his bringing of the techniques of natural history to astronomical investigation.
We also discuss telescope design, what's the best telescope for a beginner to invest in and the idea of scientific serendipity.