Peter, glad to see this historic instrument that I remember from the planetarium years ago has and it up someplace where it's going to undergo a major refit and end up back in service. Being a child who grew up in the bank near Vancouver in the seventies, I recall this telescope vaguely. Later, as a member of our RASC Vancouver I got a history lesson from Dan, the resident operator of the observatory there and its equipment, and often wondered what happened to this scope after they replaced it with the 6 inch regular refractor. One question I do have, is about the light path of the scope. There are a couple of folded refractors floating around Vancouver, a pair of them built by some friends using the same Optics from some European company, and both ending up being 6 in ff15 versions.
Glad to hear from you!
I'm old enough now to appreciate history... So I'm trying to gather as much historical info and images of the instrument as possible.
Sky News editor Gary Seronik remembers the telescope well from his days in Vancouver. As does Jim Fails here in the Okanagan, but the only pics I have of the early era I posted early on in this thread.
Spread the word around the astro community and see if you can gather more info/pics.