DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Telescope, 1865:
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SIAHTE_100212_03.JPG: Telescope, 1865: Used by America's first woman astronomer
Maria Mitchell, who gained international recognition for discovering a comet in 1847, taught astronomy at Vassar College for women from 1865 to 1888. She and her students used this American-made telescope to study the sun, stars, and planets. Mitchell was an advocate for women's rights, encouraging her students to see science as an avenue for escaping the bounds of tradition and authority: "When [women] come to truth through their investigations... the truth which they get will be theirs, and their minds will work on an on unfettered."
This telescope was made by Henry Fitz of New York. Its equatorial mount allowed it to be aligned with Earth's poles, enabling it to follow the motion of stars and planets across the sky. During her years at Vassar, Mitchell supervised various modifications and improvements to the instrument.
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN), and
my 5th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..
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