Clark Telescope to close for renovations on January 1, 2014

Leonard Nimoy visiting the Clark Telescope with Carolyn Shoemaker during a 1998 film shoot.

Leonard Nimoy visiting the Clark Telescope with Carolyn Shoemaker during a 1998 film shoot.

After 117 years of nearly continuous use, first as a research instrument and later as an educational tool, we will close the Clark Telescope on January 1, 2014 for renovation.

Reopening is expected some time in 2015.  During the closure, guests will still be able to see the Clark dome during most daytime tours.  For evening telescope viewing, we will use the newly renovated 16-inch McAllister Telescope as our primary public telescope.

More than a million guests have seen the Clark Telescope, including Leonard Nimoy, who visited with Carolyn Shoemaker at the telescope during this 1998 film shoot.  The upcoming renovation project will ensure that millions of guests in the future will be able to experience this classic telescope.

Director of Technical Services and telescope expert Ralph Nye has been working on details of planning and preparation for the renovation.  Next comes the dramatic step of removing the telescope, which will happen in January as weather allows.  Stay tuned for renovation updates…

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