I Just finished "The Perfect Machine" by Ronald Florence, about the 20 year story of money-raising, designing and building of the 200 inch Hale telescope (the world's largest until 1993) on Mount Palomar in Southern California. The book is well written, entertaining, and extremely detailed. It is an incredible story......which includes the story of George Ellory Hale.......a fascinating story in it's own right.
The telescope is an amazing example of engineering, as is the dome that houses it. The telescope and the dome move with incredible precision despite their enormous size and weight. I think you will be blown away by this story. It was an incredible achievement......especially when you consider that it was mostly constructed during the depths of the Depression.....shelved during World War II, and then completed despite tremendous obstacles......by armies of engineers, astronomers, physicists, opticians, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and a group of managers that refused to give up.
You gotta read this book!