Lowell Obs. 24” Telescope Model


Accession Number: 2014.ast.27

Instrument Name:

Model of the 24” Lowell Obs. Telescope


A model of the 24” Lowell Observatory telescope from Flagstaff, AZ, USA. It is 40.5 cm tall and constructed of wood and metal parts with nails and screws. The model is composed of 10 x 15 cm wooden base with a central wooden pillar topped with a metal geared mechanism, holding a small rod at an angle. Attached to the small rod is a larger wooden rod, fitted with metal rings, representing the telescope. The whole model and mechanism is painted dark green with a glossy finish. The telescope mechanism is articulated and the rods can each be rotated to position the model. A human figurine, made of metal, stands at the base of the model for scale. Behind the figure are two embossed plastic labels that read: “24-IN. REFRACTOR., LOWEL OBSERVATORY.”

Alternative Name: Lowell telescope

Primary Materials: wood, metal, paint


On top of the base on embossed plastic labels: “24-IN. REFRACTOR., LOWEL OBSERVATORY.”

Dimensions (cm): Max: 40.5cm x 23.5cm x 9.5cm


Display model. Possibly used as an exhibition object or educational tool at the David Dunlap Observatory. See provenance.


The main wooden support of the telescope model has lifted 2mm from the base exposing the connecting nails. Some paint on the metal components is flaking off. The wide metal ring on the wide end of the telescope model is loose. The scale figuring has a broken left ankle and a missing right arm. The model is missing the finding scope and the instrument ring from around the telescope’s viewing end.

Associated Instruments: 2014.ast.23, 2014.ast.31, 2014.ast.24

Manufacturer: ?University of Toronto

Date of Manufacture: ca. late 20th century


The model is believed to have been created within the University of Toronto, according to library staff, Lee Robbins and Randall Rosenfeld, due to the simple construction, materials, and previous facilities within the university for model making. It is believed to have been created for their observatory between 1935 and 1970.

Additional Information and References:

Lee Robins, in conversation, Feb 10th, 2014
Randall Rosenfeld, in conversation, Feb 10th, 2014

Donated to UTSIC: No