Friends of the Zeiss

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2016 October 4


                                                NEWS RELEASE

For Release: EMBARGOED UNTIL 2:00 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, 2016 October 4

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Pittsburgh, Oct. 4 – A proposed addition to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center does not include re-installation of a historic telescope, as promised to the City of Pittsburgh in 2002. According to a 2002 legal Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Science Center, the Science Center had agreed to include re-installation of the city-owned telescope with the construction of an addition to the The Carnegie Science Center.

The telescope is a rather unique 10-inch Siderostat-Type Refractor Telescope, which was installed in Pittsburgh’s original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1941. The 75th anniversary of this telescope will be on November 19th. This type of specialized telescope is rather rare. Upon re-installation of this telescope, it would be the largest Siderostat-Type Telescope in the world, as two larger such telescopes have both been dismantled.

The Carnegie Science Center dismantled and placed in storage this telescope, from the Buhl Planetarium building in 2002, to make-way for expansion of The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. At that time, a legal Memorandum of Understanding was enacted, between the City and the Science Center, indicating that the Science Center would include the telescope in an expansion of the Science Center building. However, the height, location, and configuration of the proposed Science Center expansion makes installation of any telescope not feasible.

This afternoon, Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh, who served as Astronomical Observatory Coordinator at the original Buhl Planetarium (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) from 1986 to 1991, will ask the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission, during the Public Hearing on the proposed Science Center expansion (at 2:00 p.m. EDT in the first floor Hearing Room of the John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street at Second Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh), to clarify this issue and determine how the Science Center will keep its commitment to the City and when city residents will, again, be able to use this historic telescope.



Click Here for a photograph and more information on Buhl Planetarium’s historic 10-inch Siderostat-Type Refractor Telescope.