Monday, July 12, 2010

Palomar History Photo of the Week - July 12, 2010

Palomar Observatory's first telescope was the 18-inch Schmidt.

This week's Palomar Observatory History Photo of the Week shows the dome of the 18-inch Schmidt while it was under construction. The photo was taken by Lee A. Farnsworth, Jr, who worked here during the construction of the observatory. I don't know the exact date of the picture but it was certainly taken in the spring of 1936.


Anonymous said...


Can you tell us the plans for the 18-inch dome?


Scott Kardel said...

With the 18-inch Schmidt now pulled, the dome now houses equipment to measure seeing, sky brightness and other things.