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Great pioneering telescope builders including William Parsons, Andrew Ainslie Common, Bernhard Schmidt, George Willis Ritchey and Henri Chretien; and the use of their telescopes in astronomical research and Astrophotography.
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George Willis Ritchey (1864-1945) was not only one of the greatest designers of Telescope Optical Systems, but more importantly he was a visionary whose ideas were too radical for the age in which he lived. It was his collaboration with the French optician Henri Chretien (1879-1956) which led the design which bears their name and which is the basis of almost all of today’s new breed of ‘super telescopes’. Here is a 'corker' of a Quiz Night question: Name the only astronomer to ever win a Hollywood Oscar - Answer: Henri Chretien.

 

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Number of Pages: 60

Number of Snippet Panels: 70

Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 83

Number of Notes/References: 81

 
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The Author would like to thank: Jean Jacques Meusy, Alan Williams, the Ritchey-Miller family, the Baldet family, the Lagarde family, the Meader Family Association, the American Philosophical Society; Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, the Henri Chretien Archives, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; the Mount Wilson Observatory, the National Records and Administration, Washington DC; the Paris Observatory, the US National Archives, the Superintendent of the United States Census, the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Yerkes Observatory, the United States Naval Observatory for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook.

 

VIII.3 George Willis Ritchey & Henri Chretien
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George Willis Ritchey and Henri Chretien, were two astronomers, one the son of a carpenter and the other of an upholsterer met at the Mount Wilson Observatory in 1910, where together they produced the optical design now used by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Dr. Stefan Hughes began his career as a professional astronomer, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Astronomy from the University of Leicester in 1974 and his PhD four years later on the 'Resonance Orbits of Artificial Satellites due to Lunisolar Perturbations', which was published as a series of papers in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. After graduating he became a Research fellow in Astronomy, followed by a spell as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary College, London. Then came a ten year long career as an IT Consultant. In 'mid life' he spent several years retraining as a Genealogist, Record Agent and Architectural Historian, which he practiced for a number of years before moving to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where for the past ten years he has been imaging the heavens, as well as researching and writing the 'Catchers of the Light' - A History of Astrophotography.

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