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telescopeguy238
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St. Louis University Observatory
      #5620573 - 01/13/13 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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1965healy
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: telescopeguy238]
      #5620594 - 01/13/13 11:41 AM

The telescope is located in the Crow Observatory.
http://physics.wustl.edu/resources/observatories/crow-observatory


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JJK
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5620916 - 01/13/13 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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telescopeguy238
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: JJK]
      #5621401 - 01/13/13 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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1965healy
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: telescopeguy238]
      #5621643 - 01/13/13 08:46 PM

I haven't found the scope yet but I found his body.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92148506


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telescopeguy238
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5625941 - 01/16/13 10:28 AM

bump

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1965healy
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: telescopeguy238]
      #5625955 - 01/16/13 10:38 AM

Quote:

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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telescopeguy238
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Re: St. Louis University Observatory new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5627875 - 01/17/13 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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