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Friday, June 18, 2010 Classic Thirties

Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935

What did folks do in the middle of the Great Depression when they were troubled, and they knew there really was no fixing things? They had to go somewhere to clear their heads open vistas and sunshine and clean air and out here they probably trekked up to the Griffith Observatory on Mount Hollywood designed by John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley and opened to the public on May 14, 1935. It's above it all, and calm. And seventy-five years later, in similar times, it still works.

Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935

The three solar telescopes in the west dome in operation. One offers a white light view of the sun, another provides a view through an H-alpha filter (spectrohelioscope) and the third shows a solar spectrum. Live images from these are projected into exhibits in the Hall of the Sky you can watch sunspots and solar flares and that sort of thing, and your own little issues seem insignificant.

Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935
Griffith Observatory - John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley - opened to the public on May 14, 1935

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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