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#1 telescopeguy238

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

Found that a 6" refractor was made for this University but can find no other information that it was put in a observatory. My guess that it was in the late 1800's. Any ideas if there ever was one?

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

The telescope is located in the Crow Observatory.
http://physics.wustl...row-observatory

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

I used that telescope on a visit to the Physics department at WUSTL years ago. The light pollution was terrible, but I managed to find M57 with the scope.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

Nope,not that one. This one..PETITDIDIER
Octave Leon Petitdidier, born Villemagne, France, 1853; studied engineering,
moved to U.S. circa 1873. Worked as a civil engineer in Cincinnati, and in
1876 at the U. S. Engineer's Office in St. Louis & Indianapolis. Fabricated
two reflecting telescopes with mounts, 8 1/2 inch aperture; and a 6 inch
refractor for St. Louis University.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

I haven't found the scope yet but I found his body.
http://www.findagrav...r&GRid=92148506

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

bump

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

bump

Contact the guy listed on the "Find a Grave" page, he may be family and the family may have his old papers and records. Just a thought.

Do I win a prize if I find the darn thing?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

Just called SLU and left a message about this scope with the head of the Physics department. He may know something.


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