After receiving your suggestion, I did a bit of online searching for George Keene. I learned that he is in his late 80s, and that though he had been living in Oregon, he had likely relocated to another state. The internet provides so much information that it is possible to overstep appropriate social boundaries. Given Mr. Keene’s age I felt a strong need to respect his privacy and was not comfortable trying to contact him directly.
I was able to find Mr. Albrecht on line as well. He has a really nice website with many examples of his stunning photography. Since he listed contact information I sent off an email. He responded quickly and set in motion a possible contact with Mr. Keene. I have not yet heard directly from him, but Mr. Albrecht did pass along some information he received:
“...and the questions about Hank Paul and his 12” Cave telescope. I often visited Hank and stayed overnight in his home in Norwich NY. I have looked through his 12” Cave scope and can vouch for its quality. In fact, we later installed another 12” Cave scope on the roof of the Rochester NY planetarium; it too gave excellent astro images. I often visited Tom Cave at his facility in Los Angeles in the mid 1960s. He was sometimes slow on delivery but always gave top quality....I never met or knew Niles Root.”
If I hear directly from Mr. Keene I will post more of his recollections of Dr. Paul and the 12 3/4” Scope. Even this small tidbit records the fact that optically savvy people like Dr. Paul and Mr. Keene held Tom Cave and his optics in high regard, so high Dr. Paul chose Cave to create this scope.
I also contacted DaveD and he provided information on another person who might shed light on Dr Paul and the scope. Hopefully more to follow!
Edited by ltha, 12 May 2018 - 07:39 AM.