Film about the building of the Hale Telescope. Includes footage of E. Hubble, M. Humason, B. Rule,
R. Porter, M. Mason, J. Anderson, M. Brown, L. DuBridge, I. Bowen, and technicians working on the 200-inch mirror.
Duration: 38:42 minutes.
Gene & Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy (1993)
Bill Spizzirri interviewed the astronomers at the 18-inch telescope. Duration: 10:53 minutes.
Part 1 includes footage of all aspects of the construction of the Palomar 200-inch Hale Telescope. Part 2 includes footage of the 200-inch
mirror, its grinding and cleaning. Follows the mirror through loading onto flatbed truck and transportation from Caltech to Palomar mountain.
Part 3 begins with views of the site, vignettes on the engineers and proceeds to detail the contruction of the dome.
Footage of other structures' construction follows. Part 4 focuses on the arrival of the 200-inch mirror blank by train in Pasadena.
48-inch Telescope Assembly (1947)
Footage of the 48-inch telescope mount arriving and being assembled at Palomar. Short clip of the Mt. Wilson optical shop. Duration: 5:29 minutes.
Palomar Stock Footage (1960)
Part 1 shows exterior views of landscape surrounding the dome of the 200-inch Hale Telescope. Parts 2 through 5
are various shots covering the operation the Hale Telescope including footage of control console, elevator,
cooling fans, dome rotation, prime focus cage. In Part 6 an astronomer in coude room loads and unloads the spectrograph plate holder.
Part 7 includes shots of various instruments used by astronomers at Palomar. (Public domain)
A collection of short videos that summarize highlights of observatory history.
George E. Hale (2020)
Introduces solar astronomer George E. Hale, father of the largest telescopes in the world and the founder of Palomar Observatory. Duration: 2:12 min.
The Rockefeller Foundation Grant (2020)
About the Rockefeller Foundation multi-million-dollar grant that funded Palomar Observatory construction. Duration: 1:58 min.
Building Palomar Observatory (2021)
Discusses the construction of the largest scientific instrument at the time, and its cultural impact during and after the American Great Depression. Duration: 4:18 min.
Dedication of the Hale Telescope (2018)
This video, created in 2018 for the 70th anniversary of the Observatory's dedication, is composed of surviving original audio and footage, stock Palomar footage,
and photographs taken during the June 3, 1948 ceremony. Duration: 2:37 minutes.
(Caltech Optical Observatories)
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