H. Page Bailey was a dentist in Riverside, California, who became interested in telescope making when a cash-strapped patient paid his bill with a 12-inch telescope. In 1932, Bailey attended a meeting of the Riverside Astronomical Society at which D.O. Hendrix, an astronomer at the Mount Wilson Observatory, discussed Bernhard Schmidt’s recently-published paper on photographic telescopes. That talk inspired Bailey to build this f/2.5 instrument. It is the first Schmidt telescope made in the United States, and the first one made by anyone else other than Bernhard Schmidt himself. The mount is made from an automobile frame.

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.334722.01Catalog Number: 334722Accession Number: 312745

Object Name: telescope

Measurements: overall: 52 in; 132.08 cmoverall: 76 in x 103 in x 35 in; 193.04 cm x 261.62 cm x 88.9 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167199

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