Yerkes Observatory

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The Yerkes Observatory, arguably the birthplace of modern astrophysics, is an astronomical observatory of the University of Chicago in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. It was created in 1897 by George Ellery Hale and financed by Charles T. Yerkes. The observatory represented a shift in the thinking of observatories, from mere housing for a telescope and observer, to the modern concept of observation equipment integrated with laboratory space for physics and chemistry. A 102 cm (40 inch) refracting telescope built by the master optician Alvan Clark is located inside; it was the largest telescope in the world until the construction of Mount Wilson's 60 inch (152 cm) reflector. It remains the largest refracting telescope ever used.

Telescopes
refractor: 40-inch (102 cm)
reflector: 40-inch (102 cm)
reflector: 24-inch (61 cm)
Cassegrain reflector: 10-inch (25 cm)
Schmidt camera: 7-inch (18 cm)
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