Clark found and sold on Ebay
Posted 19 October 2006 - 09:29 AM
Posted 19 October 2006 - 09:51 AM
Forgotten about, stashed away in some dusty back corner or buried under piles of other stuff.
At the university I'm at, a 5" Brashear OTA was rediscovered back in the 1980's, when our local astronomy club was allowed to dig around the Physics Dept. equipment room. It was in a big wooden crate that nobody had touched since the 1950's. Further research revealed that the scope had been housed in a small rooftop observatory on campus, but Hurricane Hazel blew the dome off the structure and rather than rebuild, the school decided to mothball everything.
I've heard of larger achromatic objectives being lost for many decades and then turning up when someone opened a mysterious mahogany box that nobody had a recollection of.
Record keeping being what it is at some facilities, we'll probably see that sort of thing happening every now and then!
Posted 19 October 2006 - 10:45 AM
Posted 19 October 2006 - 02:55 PM
Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:11 PM
As it happens, I accidentally discovered one of the missing documents, a grammar manuscript, mouldering at the US Library of Congress- unseen and unconsulted by ANY scholar since it ended up there, who-knows-when.
So yeah, things of value do turn up, now and then....
Posted 19 October 2006 - 06:05 PM