McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory
Electric Power Sources 1
II: Buildings and Grounds
The main switchboard controls the intricate movements of the 82-inch McDonald Observatory telescope and the dome. The complicated control system consists of thirty motors and 5.5 miles of electric wiring. Both the observatory, in the Davis Mountains of Western Texas, and its 82-inch reflecting telescope, the second largest in the world, were designed and built by the Warner & Swasey Company of Cleveland, Ohio for the University of Texas which will operate the facility with the University of Chicago. The observatory will be dedicated May 5, 1939.
Astronomical observatories | Science rooms and equipment | Switchboards
Warner & Swasey Company
Photographic prints; 23.3 x 18.9 cm
Davis Mountains, Texas
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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