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From Backyard to Mountaintop: The Adventures of History’s Best Worst Telescope

by Michael Wright Our first meeting of the new year will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in a new location:  Bowen Hall (see Princeton campus maps for building and parking locations).  Alan Hirshfeld, Professor of Physics at the University … Continue reading

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Miss Mitchell’s Telescope, Part 2

by Michael Wright Last month I wrote about Maria Mitchell’s connection to the Vassar Telescope, which is on display at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian.  This second installment covers the telescope itself and its maker, Henry … Continue reading

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Miss Mitchell’s Telescope

by Michael Wright On a recent trip to National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, I was pleasantly surprised to find this interesting telescope as the landmark object for museum’s science and technology wing.  The description merely stated that … Continue reading

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