Ritchey Reflecting Telescope

This telescope, with a 24-inch aperture, silvered-glass primary mirror, was designed for astronomical photography, and made by George Willis Ritchey, head of the instrument shop at the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Starting in 1900, Ritchey used it to take unprecedented images of nebulas, novas and other astronomical objects. Ritcheylater made similar but much larger telescopes for the Mount Wilson Observatory in California.
Ref: D. J. Mills, "George Willis Ritchey and the Development of Celestial Photography," American Scientist 54 (1966): 64-94.
Currently on loan
Object Name
reflecting telescope
date made
ca 1900
Ritchey, George Willis
aperture: 24 in; 60.96 cm
place made
United States: Wisconsin, Williams Bay
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Yerkes Observatory

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