- Posted January 4, 2009 by
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Light Years: Your view of space and stars
Lowell Observatory -- Alvan Clark 24-inch Telescope
Pictured is the dome housing the 24-inch refracting telescope built by Alvan Clark, a famous lens maker, for the Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell. At an altitude of over 7000 feet, with few cloudy nights, and far from city lights,
Flagstaff was an excellent site for astronomical observations. According to Wikipedia, this
marked the first time an observatory had been deliberately located in a
remote, elevated place for optimal seeing. Lowell studied astronomy there for the next 22 years. After his death, he was buried on the observatory grounds.