Friends of the Zeiss
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2004 June 1
Ms. Joanna E. Haas, Director
Dear Ms. Haas:
Enclosed is a copy of a news release, issued by Friends of the Zeiss, regarding our planned public observing session for the very rare Transit of the Planet Venus across the image of the surface of the Sun early on the morning of June 8. We plan to use a 6-inch reflector telescope to project an image of the transit event onto a portable projection screen.
on the weekly WPTT-AM radio program Birds
and Nature, Carnegie Science Center Planetarium Director John Radzilowicz
said that The Carnegie Science Center would try to observe this event, but the
letter, on behalf of Friends of the Zeiss,
I would like to invite The Carnegie Science Center to co-sponsor the observing
session we plan on June 8, along with Friends of the Zeiss and The Duquesne
Incline. With our observing site high on
The Carnegie Science Center’s good reputation in the region, it is more likely
that the media will more broadly promote this rare astronomical event. Hence,
Saturday, I believe Mr. Radzilowicz said that the
The historic Zeiss Refractor Telescope was Buhl's first telescope, used for the interim period before the historic 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope was completed in 1941. It was purchased at the same time as the very historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector and received in 1939.
However, Buhl officials were quite disappointed when they received the Zeiss Refractor Telescope. Zeiss had sent Buhl the wrong telescope! While Buhl, of course, had ordered an astronomical refractor, Zeiss had sent Buhl a terrestrial refractor!
Ms. Joanna E. Haas 2004 June 1 Page 2 of 2
Buhl officials would have wanted to return the telescope, to have Zeiss send the correct telescope.
by this time, Hitler had started World War II in
Optical Works in
So, Buhl learned to make-do with a terrestrial telescope.
If The Carnegie Science :Center is interested in co-sponsoring the Pittsburgh public viewing of the rare Venus Transit event, with Friends of the Zeiss and The Duquesne Incline, I can be contacted at telephone: 412-561-7876 or electronic mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >, to coordinate the arrangements.
Glenn A. Walsh
Enclosure: Friends of the Zeiss News Release of 2004 May 25: “Safe Public Viewing of Rare Astronomical
Event at Duquesne Incline Observation Deck”
Copy: David Miller, President, The Duquesne Incline
Steering Committee, Friends of the Zeiss