Russell Porter: Art & Design of the Hale 200″
In addition to being one of the founders of Stellafane and amateur telescope making in America, Russell Porter contributed to much of the design work leading to the 200″ Hale telescope. A chance notice of his ghost view drawing for the mirror floatation mount structure started my interest. I will try to describe the merging of art, design, and engineering in Porter’s work.
Alan is a member of NOVAC since 2001 and a principal scientist with The MITRE Corp. in McLean, VA. He’s been an amateur astronomer since elementary school, and observes with an 8” SCT. He is fascinated by manipulating and learning from light, from the cosmos to understanding. After graduate study at Univ. of Texas and MIT in astronomy and planetary science, he worked on the design and operation of the Hubble Space Telescope, principally the interferometer star tracker and Guide Star Selection System. He then worked on Landsat, NASA’s Terra-Aqua-Aura series, and NOAA’s NPOESS weather satellites. He currently assists the government in buying satellite remote sensing data and systems.