37th DPS Meeting, 4-9 September 2005
Session 9 From Arago and Aratus to Zeiss
HAD Invited, Monday, September 5, 2005, 4:00-5:30pm, Umney Theatre, Robinson College

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[9.03] The Early Observatory Telescopes of Carl Zeiss

P. Abrahams (Historical Astronomy Division, AAS)

With the onset of the 20th century, Zeiss, Jena, began fabrication of large telescopes for astronomical observatories. Instruments up to a meter in aperture were installed, mostly in European observatories, where many did not survive the 20th century. These highly engineered and meticulously fabricated instruments are now quite obscure. Zeiss engineer Franz Meyer was responsible for very innovative designs that are a hallmark of this era. The development, installation, and astronomical function of these telescopes will be described and depicted.

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