Photo: the 24″ Dyer telescope, being tested by Lowell staff | Danielle Adams, 2020
Co-Written with Jim Cole, Senior Public Program Educator
The Dyer telescope is the newest addition to Mars Hill’s suite of telescopes, having been installed just a few months ago in February of 2020. Since Lowell Observatory made the difficult decision to close down its public program at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dyer hasn’t gotten to see much action beyond training sessions with staff. Fortunately, Mars Hill’s newest telescope is now available for public viewing during a brand new, private stargazing experience. Though not quite as tenured or storied as the 125-year-old Clark Refractor, the Dyer is sure to build a legacy of its own as it creates incredible experiences for a new generation of stargazers.
A Bit of History
Visitors to the observatory may recall visiting the McAllister Dome, located just a stone’s throw from the Clark Dome. Until the end of 2019, the dome housed the McAllister Telescope, a 16” Boller and Chivens cassegrain telescope that was manufactured in 1966. It was used as a student research telescope at Northwestern University in Illinois until it was donated to Lowell Observatory for public ...