does the Porter Garden Telescope, a small scope, have in
common with the 200" at Mt Palomar? The answer is in the
split-ring mount design. First developed for the small
backyard scope, it would later be adopted
for what was then to be the largest telescope in the world.
In an article written by Bert Willard for the Journal of the Antique Telescope Society, first published in 2007, it contains a very detailed account of the Garden Telescope and the correspondence that led to the design of the iconic 200-Inch Telescope, along with many photographs.
[2017-12-14] New Convention videos, for both the 2017 and 2016 convention have been uploaded for your viewing pleasure. You can find them by clicking here (2017) and here (2016).
And if you haven't already, feel free to browse the 2017 Convention photo gallery which has now been uploaded in full, and relive those cherished memories.
2017 Board Elections
[2017-11-20]November marks the time of the annual business meeting, and with that comes change, and election results. Last year, the board remained the same, save for the one position of Secretary currently being filled by Jay Drew.
This year, we have three position changes. Glenn Jackson becomes Treasurer, taking over from Al Monkowski. Kris Larsen and Francis O'Reilly have been elected as board members at large, respectively replacing Dave Prowten and Jeff Lowe. Congratulations!
We'd like to thank Al Monkowski, Dave Prowten and Jeff Low for their service.