Restoration of the 6-1/2 Inch Prin Telescope of the Daniel S. Schanck Observatory

by Ira Polans

Steven K. Korotky

Steven K. Korotky Ph.D.

Our next speaker is Steven K. Korotky, former Senior Research Scientist at Bell Laboratories. In his talk on October 11, he will summarize the history of the Schanck Observatory including its renovation, recount the journey of the Prin telescope, and provide an update on his work to restore and reinstate it as the scientific centerpiece of the historic astronomical observatory.

The renovation of Rutgers University’s Daniel S. Schanck Observatory was recently completed in time for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of its original dedication on June 18, 1866. However, absent from the observatory for more than two decades has been its third and last working telescope – the 6 and 1/2 inch refractor fabricated by Georges Prin in 1929. Earlier this year the Prin telescope was located and the process of restoring it and reassembling it in the Schanck was begun.

Hope to see you at 7:30 P.M. at Peyton Hall on October 11, 2016.

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