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Amateur Astronomers restore antique telescope

Mike Boessen, one of the 41 members of the Central Missouri Amateur Astronomers, fell in love with the 12-foot-long telescope - one of only three Merz & Mahler telescopes in the United States - when he saw the old, neglected, dust-covered relic in a small building at his first astronomy club meeting in 2002. The monster telescope had a 7-inch refractor.
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Astronomy club restores antique telescope

An 1847 Merz and Mahler telescope will be available for public viewing on clear Thursday evenings. The observatory is located on Columbia Audubon Society property off of O'Rear Road near Hallsville.
The 12-foot telescope first peered at the stars the year Thomas Edison was born in a small village in Ohio, a portable burner was invented by Robert von Bunsen and the first stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
The telescope's polished brass mount and 7.5-inch lens set the elegant viewer apart when it was built in 1847. Today, only a few of its kind still look at the sky.

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