Since the nasty weather in our part of the country is currently preventing any imaging, I am left with pen and paper. I did this quick sketch to coincide with our astronomy club meeting tonight......where we watched a DVD of the PBS special "The Road to Palomar".
It is based on the book, The Perfect Machine......about the life and accomplishments of George Ellery Hale, which culminated in the "Big Eye
", the 200" Hale telescope on Mt Palomar
, near San Diego. Finally dedicated in 1948 (20 years after work began), it was for many years, the largest telescope in the world. First light didn't come until 1949. George Hale died in 1938, never seeing his masterpiece completed.
The Keck telescopes in Hawaii, have mirrors twice the size of the Hale, still, the 200" remains awe inspiring today.....by it's shear size. (notice the people in the dedication photo)
If you haven't read, "The Perfect Machine" by Ronald Florence, I highly recommend it. Another excellent book is "First Light", by Richard Preston.
My sketch of the Big Eye.