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Jason H.
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Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC
      #5603504 - 01/03/13 06:45 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

I've just returned from a trip to New York City. I was determined on this trip to find something from New York's Astronomy past. Here's one, Columbia University's Rutherfurd Observatory in Manhattan. The following are images I shot when visiting the observatory. These domes appear to be about 15 stories above the ground level. The green one used to house a 12" Alvan Clark (sold in '97 to South Carolina State Museum), the white one a small radio telescope (which I did not see.)

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603516 - 01/03/13 06:54 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

Close up

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603518 - 01/03/13 06:55 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

back side

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603524 - 01/03/13 06:57 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

inside (they kindly cracked the dome open to let a little light in for me.)

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603528 - 01/03/13 06:59 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

That top-most wheel, that the dome rides on, is what appears to be a full-sized railroad rail!

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603532 - 01/03/13 07:02 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Man the helm!

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603538 - 01/03/13 07:04 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Under the moving (up/down) wooden floor for the observer's there was a space for what appeared to be 2 transits. This is looking up from under the floor.

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603543 - 01/03/13 07:09 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Those 2 blue boxes are reportedly where the transit survey instruments went, which are directly underneath the transit slit (shown in the post above just prior to this one.)

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603547 - 01/03/13 07:12 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

When I asked how they might have dampened the buildings vibrations, they showed me in offices on the 14th floor the counter-vibration elements that might have been riding on some kind of rubber? (I could see some black tire like stuff up near those bolts on the perimeter of the square opening, but the actual dampening mechanism could be more sophisticated as I couldn't see it very well.)

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603549 - 01/03/13 07:13 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

This is a different one in another office.

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603562 - 01/03/13 07:22 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

This Sun dial is in front of the building.

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603567 - 01/03/13 07:25 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

the other side of sun dial

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603573 - 01/03/13 07:27 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Original Sloan Digital Sky Survey disk was sitting in corner of one office.

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603574 - 01/03/13 07:29 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

A better view of it.

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603577 - 01/03/13 07:30 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

The other side of it with some kind of grouping details.

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603598 - 01/03/13 07:46 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Almost done, here's some iron truss support detail on base of the dome. A grad student from Australia put stars on the dome, from their perspective

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Jason H.
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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603614 - 01/03/13 07:53 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

And lastly, here's a 16" just sitting on the elevating/moving floor of the observatory that needs salvation.

Regards, Jason W. Higley


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tim53
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Reged: 12/17/04

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Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603663 - 01/03/13 08:29 PM

They replaced an Alvan Clark with a Meade SCT?

My Gawd!

-Tim.


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SkipW
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Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC new [Re: tim53]
      #5603725 - 01/03/13 09:35 PM

In the middle of NYC, that may be a good thing.

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dgreyson
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Reged: 11/06/12

Loc: South Carolina
Re: Rutherfurd Observatory Dome in Manhattan, NYC [Re: Jason H.]
      #5603922 - 01/04/13 12:04 AM

Quote:

I've just returned from a trip to New York City. I was determined on this trip to find something from New York's Astronomy past. Here's one, Columbia University's Rutherfurd Observatory in Manhattan. The following are images I shot when visiting the observatory. These domes appear to be about 15 stories above the ground level. The green one used to house a 12" Alvan Clark (sold in '97 to South Carolina State Museum), the white one a small radio telescope (which I did not see.)




Oh, I've seen that Clark, a very nice one. The State museum is building a planetarium and and observatory domes to house the clark. I wondered where it came from. Im glad they are both being put back into use.

SC state Museum Clark Refractor

The SC museum has one of the largest collections of antique telescopes. More than half of these were made by Alvan Clark & Sons
Robert Arial collection


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