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#1 gstrumol

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Posted 20 February 2024 - 07:35 PM

Sometime ago I got copies of the 'engineering drawings' for the Mt Palomar telescope, which I had framed.  Here they are in the living room over the TV:

 

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Very detailed depictions of the scope. The left shows a slice through the primary mirror, the middle shows the full scope and dome, and the right highlights the prime focus, with an astronomer sitting inside the middle tube!


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Posted 20 February 2024 - 07:46 PM

Neat!



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Posted 20 February 2024 - 08:24 PM

I love vintage drawings, very cool!



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Posted 20 February 2024 - 08:25 PM

Beautiful! --- I got two complete sets, one still bound and a few mercilessly cut out and hanging here and there around the house. I scanned and scaled some, couple visible here. We have a couple hundred prints around the house; wife doesn't seem to mind; guests like to peruse; good conversation pieces.    Tom

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 02:53 PM

I have an old "Telescope" with the same pictures; this has always been one of my favorite magazines.



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Posted 04 April 2024 - 12:25 AM

Beautiful! --- I got two complete sets, one still bound and a few mercilessly cut out and hanging here and there around the house. I scanned and scaled some, couple visible here. We have a couple hundred prints around the house; wife doesn't seem to mind; guests like to peruse; good conversation pieces.    Tom

Wow, this is one helluva man cave!

 

Great job.


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 02:36 PM

These are the Russell W. Porter (Stellafane founder -https://en.wikipedia...ssell_W._Porter ) pre-build drawings of the 200" and others - see https://sites.astro....ows/porter.html

 

Back in the 1990's or so -- they use to sell large posters - reproductions of some of the Porter "Palomar drawings" in the gift shop at Palomar. I have the center one in the photo above.

 

In addition to putting his "cutaway man" drawing skills to work in astronomy (some at Stellafane, some illustrations in the old Three volume "Amateur Telescope Making" series of books - Porter did a number of similar drawings for the Army and Navy during WW-II for inclusion in training manuals. In addition to being an ATM and a member of the 200-inch design team - Porter was an Arctic explorer, architect, optical designer, author and an fairly good artist (see some of his arctic paintings here: https://www.archives...sketches-1.html). More work in this old article: https://stellafane.o...terLandsEnd.pdf

 

Here's a collection of his Palomar drawings: https://sites.astro....er.html#cutaway



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Posted 16 April 2024 - 03:12 PM

Also see this Feb 1939 issue of "Popular Mechanics" article on "The Wonders of Astronomy" with drawings of the being built 200-inch (clickable index on Page 4 or so, link: https://books.google...tronomy&f=false

 

In addition - I was surprised with the articles on: "Riding the Iron Cavalry" about US Army armored cav units and equipment -- one describing the building of a commercial TV receiver kit (in Feb 1939!!), an article on how TV will improve auto racing, an article on "atom smashers", and article on using balloons to record "cosmic rays" - more advanced stuff that I would ever expect to find discussed in a 'popular magazine' in early 1939.



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Posted 16 April 2024 - 05:00 PM

Those Palomar photos are so cool!




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