In Amatam Memoriam: William Tyler Olcott

The American amateur astronomer, William Tyler Olcott (1873-1936).

The American amateur astronomer, William Tyler Olcott (1873-1936).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American amateur astronomer, William Tyler Olcott, is remembered as the founding father of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). Though over thirty years of age when he was first introduced to the glories of the night sky, Olcott made up for all that lost time by producing a number of popular works for the amateur astronomer equipped with a small classical refractor (3 or 4 inch aperture). You too can enjoy some of his works by skimming your way through these free online resources.

One of his telescopes, a fine 4 inch Clark achromatic, was used by the late Walter Scott Houston, to pen his famous Deep Sky Wonders (published by Sky & Telescope) from 1946-1994.

Olcott: a Brief Biography

In Starland with a Three-Inch Telescope

Field Guide to the Stars

Sun Lore of All Ages

 

 De Fideli.

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