Thursday, August 20, 2009

Swing. Swing. Swing.

In yesterday's post I showed some images of the old Cassegrain observing chair. Before that was realized there was another idea that resembled more of a swing. Here it is as depicted in a 1936 drawing by Russell W. Porter:

You can see this idea represented in my In The Year 1940 post and on this bread blotter:

Yes, that is the 200-inch telescope selling homogenized Bond bread. Apparently both of them are Modern Wonders. The Hale Telescope still is a Modern Wonder. All these years later the 200-inch telescope is still used each and every night (this week it has been used so far to study neutron stars, Kuiper Belt Objects, and Type Ia supernovae), is Bond bread still around?

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