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This Beautiful Art Nouveau Telescope Can Be Yours

A modern-day replica of the Porter Garden Telescope. (All photos courtesy of Russ Schleipman) You know what a backyard telescope looks like. A sleek metal cylinder pointed to the heavens. An eyepiece at one end to peer into. A tripod to hold it all up. Not always. In 1923, Vermont artist, Arctic explorer, and amateur astronomer Russell W. Porter created an Art Nouveau telescope intended to serve as both garden ornament and functional scientific instrument.
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