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Swarthmore engineering sophomore Yousef Alhessi, left, and Fred Orthlieb, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at Swarthmore, work on taking apart the historic 117-year-old telescope at University of Illinois observatory in Urbana, Ill., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The telescope is being dismantled to be sent to Pennsylvania for restoration. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz).

U of I’s 117-year-old telescope getting repairs

May 27, 2013 at 09:10 AM

The Associated Press


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A crew dismantled the telescope this week and is sending it to a business in Pennsylvania that will work on it.

Professor Bryan Dunne is assistant chair of the astronomy department at the university. He told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/14x1TG5 ) on Tuesday that while the telescope hasn't been used for research since the 1960s it's still used in introductory classes and public open houses.

The observatory is a National Historic Landmark because of pioneering work done there in the early 1900s by astronomer Joel Stebbins to record the brightness of distant stars.

The restoration work will cost $54,000 and be finished by August.


Pieces are bagged and labeled as crews take apart the historic 117-year-old telescope at the University of Illinois observatory. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz)



Chris Ray, owner of Ray Museum Studios in Swarthmore, Pa., paints the inside of the lens so it will not reflect light as crews take apart the historic 117-year-old telescope at the University of Illinois observatory in Urbana. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz)

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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