Fuertes Observatory at Cornell
Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:31 PM
The scope is essentially exactly as delivered by Warner and Swasey. It's a 12" F15. The drive is a weight driven mechanism that must be recharged every 80 minutes or so. Some of the knobs and clamps show some wear from 80 years of use but nothing has really been restored. Maybe new paint on the scope and mount 10 years ago. To move the scope by hand is quite easy, the axis bearings are very smooth. The entire arrangement is extremely rigid, with no vibration visible. The only modern addition is a 10" Schmidt camera (from the '70's) piggybacked onto the main tube. Since it's painted black it really doesn't intrude on the overall presentation of the scope. No digital anything, if you want to find something you look up the co-ordinates and set the circles just like it's 1925.
When I arrived the sky was clear but overcast clouds started rolling in. We managed to get a couple of views in of stars and the moon. We originally were trying for comet Swan, but the clouds came in too fast. I did manage to get some time looking at the moon during cloud breaks only. They were very nice views. Just myself and one of the members of the CAS had the entire place to ourselves and we only could have small breaks in clouds to view the moon. That was the only disappointment of the evening. It's really not at a dark site because it's in the middle of campus, but that's where they put these things back then.
I took some pictures which I'll post below along with some comments. I'll definitely go back the next time I visit, I just hope the clouds co-operate.
Cornell Astronomical Society
Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:33 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:35 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:44 PM
Fine pictures of a fine telescope, thanks for posting these.
Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:58 PM