Recently the historic 26-inch (0.67 meter) refractor at Leander McCormick Observatory has undergone a series of upgrades to convert the telescope from a research instrument using photographic plates to a teaching and public outreach telescope capable of using CCDs for instruction. Projects in the upgrade include: a new tailpiece, a spectrograph, an ST-1001E and two ST-8s CCDs.
There has been a concurrent effort to preserve and restore the telescope and dome to an appearance more in keeping with the original appearance. This has involved the removal of the c. 1960 plywood and linoleum floor, the removal of paint from the wainscoting around the telescope pier. It has also included the designa nd installation of a new electronic control system for the telescope, which has allowed us to remove the c. 1963 relays, motors and conduits which significantly detracted from the appearance of the telescope itself.
- Replacement tailpiece
Faculty and staff involved include:
- Professor Steve Majewski
- Associate Professor Ed Murphy
- Senior Scientist Ricky Patterson
- Electronics technician Jim Barr
- Machinist Charles Lam
- Conservator Mark Kutney (Office of the Architect)
Graduate students involved included: