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I got to see Fr. Angelo Secchi’s telescope at the Cincinnati Observatory — 1 Comment

  1. The actual Secchi telescope had a sad fate. Secchi’s international reputation was such that even though the anti-clerical Italian government had confiscated the Roman College, the site of the observatory, in 1870 they allowed Secchi to continue his work until his death in 1878. Eventually the telescope was taken over by the Italian government and in 1923 it was installed on Montemario, a hilltop within view of the Vatican, as the finderscope of a larger telescope. In 1958, a fire destroyed both telescopes.

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