Dorner Telescope Museum

 

Dorner Telescope Museum

 

telling the story of the telescope in Canada

 

Telescopes and binoculars are magic, bringing distant astronomical objects close or showing things invisible to the naked eye. That magic has never worn off.
—Rudolph Dorner

logoimage © Dorner Telescope Museum

 

Mission

The Dorner Telescope Museum’s purpose is to tell the story of the telescope in Canada, through telling the stories of Canadian telescope makers, users, and their instruments.  

Many fine instruments have been produced here, and innovations developed, yet the makers are frequently less well-known than they deserve to be. The museum aims to change that.

To reach that end, the museum is engaged in

  • artifact identification, acquisition, preservation & conservation
  • research into the production and use of astronomical telescopes in Canada
  • gallery design
  • and crafting an approach to education and outreach emphasising real engagement with the instruments, and the styles of observation for which they were produced

 

lensDTM 6.2019724 6-inch Jaegers O.G.

 

Contours of the Collection

  • The temporal range will run from the 17th century to the present
  • Widely disseminated and popular types of instrument will be included, as well as rare and unusual instruments

  • The collection will embrace equipment by Canadian makers of international, national, and local reputation, as well as those by quietly competent makers

  • The work of amateurs and professionals will be featured

  • Commercial telescopes or accessories made in Canada,  or made elsewhere but incorporating Canadian innovations will be accessioned

  • Telescopes and equipment with which Canadians have made significant discoveries, or contributed scientific data, or pushed the boundaries of observation or astrophotography will be sought, as well as instruments associated with culturally significant Canadians

  • For purposes of the museum, “Canadian” will be defined generously, and flexibly

  • Binoculars, astronomical eyepieces, astronomical cameras, spectrographs and spectrometers, photometers, and like equipment of Canadian design, manufacture, or inspiration will be included

  • The tools used by Canadian telescopes makers will be added

  • Publications and other media on astronomical optics with Canadian connections will be collected to support the museum’s work, and the museum will undertake its own documentation of Canadian telescope makers and their work

 

 

Stellafane 1948

RASC member Frank De Kinder
at Stellafane 1948

Pitch LapRASC member Hassard's
drawing of a pitch lap

 

Collins scope
RASC member Collins' monoplane achromatic telescope ca. 1900

Videos of the announcement of the museum, and the generous support making it possible, and presenting plans for its goals and development are available here or at the bottom of this page.

 

You can help the mission of the Dorner Telescope Museum by

  • Contacting us if you have a telescope or other relevant artifacts you believe might have a place in the collection, or if you know of someone else who might have artifacts of potential interest

  • Contacting us if you have information on, documents about, or recollections of past Canadian telescope makers

  • Reaching out to us If you wish to receive updates on the museum’s work, or wish to volunteer

Portrait of honorary RASC member Dr. John Brashear; reproduced courtesy of the SPECVLA ASTRONOMICA MINIMA

Brashear

 

We can be reached at:

  • rosenfel <at> chass.utoronto.ca, or
  • corpdiv <at> sympatico.ca

 

 

  - unlocking the potential of glass with a story

Director
 
Museum Director, and the Society's
4-inch O.G. Cooke refractor

 

RASC 2019 GA The Dorner Telescope Museum
Author: 
RRosenfeld
Last modified: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 6:25pm