OLD TELESCOPES ...
15 inch Stonyhurst
Its original, and current, home built in 1866, Lancashire, England.
The historic Stonyhurst Refractor is currently being resurrected at its home in
Lancashire, England by members of the Bolton Astro- nomical
The telescope dates from the 1890s, the mount from the 1860s, when Stonyhurst was a
premier observatory. However, after many years of use it was neglected and slowly sank
into dereliction after the Second World War. It was sold but was never restored by its new
owner who eventually offered it for sale. Fortunately it was re-purchased by Stonyhurst
College and returned to its rightful home where is currently being repaired.
An initial report states, "The views of the Moon were brilliant with a steady image
that only a refractor can deliver. There was quite a bit of violet fringing but nothing to
worry about. The telescope is only f/12 so is not fully corrected, but, for its intended
use as a visual telescope this is not an issue."
A TRULY PORTABLE
A 9-1/2" inch Zeiss telescope mounted
for more than two decades on the roof
of the car of Whittier amateur astron- omer, Ed Turner (1933).
"For it is true that astronomy, from a popular standpoint, is handicapped by
the inability of the average workman to own an expensive astronomical telescope. It is
also true that if an amateur starts out to build a telescope just for fun he will find,
before his labors are over, that he has become seriously interested in the wonderful
mechanism of our universe. And finally there is understandably the stimulus of being able
to unlock the mysteries of the heavens by a tool fashioned by one's own hand."
Russell W. Porter, March 1923 Founder of Stellafane