Once upon a Time in America

  • Neil EnglishEmail author
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


In comparison to Great Britain and Germany, progress in telescope making in the New World was painfully slow. Indeed, as we have seen, the largest refractor in the United States before 1830 was a 5-in. Dollond achromat. The paucity of public observatories across the nation in the early nineteenth century is evidence enough that the country had not yet fully exploited her penchant for astronomical adventure. America needed a great lens maker, and it found its answer in a Massachusetts portrait painter named Alvan Clark.


Spherical Aberration Double Star Object Glass Fine Refractor Amateur Astronomer 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GlasgowUK

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