....Oakland, California - Stargazing since 1924








11/03/1913

 

Chabot Space and Science Center and
Eastbay Astronomical Society timeline

Compiled by Carter Roberts and Don Stone

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03 Nov 1913
CB letter to John Brashear Co. informing them that Chabot Observatory will be getting a new 20-inch telescope of 30-ft focal length. (The same letter was sent to Alvan Clark & Co. and on 4 Nov to Warner & Swasey.)
02 Dec 1913
Bid notice for 20-inch telescope by Bd. of Ed. of City of Oakland and of Oakland High School District of Alameda Co. CB sent letters to Warner & Swasey and Clark re specifications for telescope - 28-ft focal length, siderial and lunar rates.
06 Jan 1914
Bids for telescope due at 5:00 P.M.
13 Jan 1914
Board accepts Warner & Swasey / Brashear bid for telescope.
15 Jan 1914
John Brashear orders blanks for 20-inch objective from Schott of Jena, Germany.
21 Jan 1914
City Council transfers certain properties to Oakland School District of Alameda County.
24 Jan 1914
Mills College to bid for Observatory.
25 Jan 1914
Story of Rachel.
29 Jan 1914

Letter from Ambrose Swasey to CB about palns to dispaly telescope at Pan-Pacific International Exposition.

Feb 1914
Site on Redwood Peak considered.
09 Mar 1914
Contract for 20-inch telescope signed.
31 Mar 1914
Agreement between Oakland High School District of Alameda County and Warner & Swasey to transport telescope from San Francisco to Oakland and assemble in Observatory for $300.
23 Oct 1914
Sketch of Leona Heights site produce by T.J. Allen.
27 Oct 1914
Letter from Schott glass discs are ready.
10 Nov 1914
Telescope ready for inspection.
24 Nov 1914
Board of Education selects site at end of Leona Heights streetcar line.
Dec 1914
Glass discs have reached Pittsburg.
Jan 1915
Warner & Swasey ships telescope to San Francisco.
27 Jan 1915
Letter from Brashear; computation of curves finished, roughing out curves.
02 Feb 1915
Board of Education votes final acceptance of site at what will eventually be 4917 Mountain Blvd. They also ordered the dome.
04 Feb 1915
City Council approves $499 from General Fund for an option on land for observatory. (Resolution 9751 N.S.)

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