I am finally getting ready to restore a unique Cave Optical 12.75” with quartz primary custom made for author and amateur astronomer Dr Henry E Paul. Dr Paul drew up a rough plan of the scope he wanted Thomas Cave to build and Cave seems to have put everything into the project producing one of the finest mirrors of his career.
As part of the restoration I am interested in learning more about both Dr Paul and Niles Root who purchased the scope from Dr Paul. What I know so far is that the scope went to the head optician of Mt. Wilson/Palomar for testing, then to Dr Paul. Dr Paul sold the scope to Nile’s Root who used it until age interfered with operating the large scope. The scope was subsequently owned by noted amateur Ron Pastory, then a few other well known amateur astronomers before coming to me.
Dr Paul was born in 1908 in Los Angeles, CA; earned his bachelors in engineering from Oklahoma, A&M, then his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University in 1938. He and his wife Mary, who earned her Ph.D from Cornell and went on to be an accomplished nutrition researcher, lived in Norwich, NY. Dr Henry Paul was a member of the Rochester Academic Society and an honorary member of the Catskill Astronomical Society.
Dr Henry Paul authored three popular books on amateur astronomy: Outer Space Photography for the Amateur; Telescopes for Sky Gazing; and Binoculars and All-Purpose Telescopes. He also wrote numerous articles on the topics of optics, observing and astro photography. He passed away on December 13, 1976 followed by his wife Mary roughly a month later.
I am hoping some of you have information or leads that will help me put together a more complete history of Dr Paul and his Cave scope. Thank you in advance!
Edited by ltha, 09 May 2018 - 01:09 PM.