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Porter Turret Telescope
Construction Photos

The Porter Turret Telescope was constructed in 1930, during the great depression in the United States. Springfield, Vermont was the heart of the precision machine tool industry in the country at this time, and most of the club members worked for Jones & Lamson, a major tool maker in Springfield, and consequently had access to the machine tools needed to construct such a mechanically large instrument during a period of slack work. These photos from the Stellafane Archives chronicle the construction of this unique instrument. It is assumed but not proven that the photos were taken by Oscar Marshall, who served as the club photographer and is not in any of the photos.

High-resolution photos from the Stellafane Archives provied by Bert Willard, club historian. Identification of people in the photos by Bert Willard and Matt Considine.

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