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Alvan Clark & Sons: artists in optics.

Author: Deborah Jean Warner
Publisher: Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.] 1968.
Series: Bulletin (United States National Museum), 274.
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Three instrument makers -- Alvan Clark and his sons, George Bassett and Alvan Graham -- figured importantly in the great expansion of astronomical facilities which occurred during the second half of the 19th century. Almost every American observatory built during this period, and some observatories abroad, housed an equatorial refracting telescope, and often auxiliary apparatus as well, made by the Clarks. Their  Read more...
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Warner, Deborah Jean.
Alvan Clark & Sons: artists in optics.
Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.] 1968
(OCoLC)624427655
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Jean Warner
OCLC Number: 455319
Description: 120 pages illustrations, portraits 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. pp. 1. Part 1. Biographical Outline of Alvan Clark and His Sons. pp. 3. Part 2. Catalog of Astronomical instruments made and remade by Alvan Clark & Sons, 1844-1897. pp. 39. Appendix. Paintings by Alvan Clark. pp. 113.
Series Title: Bulletin (United States National Museum), 274.

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Three instrument makers -- Alvan Clark and his sons, George Bassett and Alvan Graham -- figured importantly in the great expansion of astronomical facilities which occurred during the second half of the 19th century. Almost every American observatory built during this period, and some observatories abroad, housed an equatorial refracting telescope, and often auxiliary apparatus as well, made by the Clarks. Their optical work, recognized as unexcelled anywhere in the world, was the first significant American contribution to astronomical instrument making. While American telescopes had been made before, none compared with those of European manufacture; by the end of the 19th century, partly because of the example set by Alvan Clark & Sons, several other Americans were making fine astronomical instruments.

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