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History of the Lindheimer Astrophysical Center





1966:
The Lindheimer Astrophysical Research Center, funded by members of the family of the late Chicago philanthropist, Benjamin F. Lindheimer, and a grant from the National Science Foundation, was completed.

1967: Dedication of Lindheimer Astrophysical Research Center. Center contained 40-inch and 16-inch reflecting telescopes - the former financed primarily by a gift from the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation; the latter financed primarily by a gift from the Hans D. Isenberg Foundation, a grant from the National Science Foundation, and University funds.

 

Lindheimer Astrophysical Center.
1967. Photo by Herb Comess
 

Lindheimer Astrophysical Center.
1984. Photo by Jim Ziv
 
The 40-inch Boller and Chivens Cassegrain is equipped with a Cassegrain spectrograph, a rapid-scanning spectrometer, a photographic camera, and image tubes used in conjunction with the spectrograph. The 16-inch Boller and Chivens Cassegrain is equipped with a standard UBV photometer.
 
1995: The Lindheimer Observatory was torn down when it was determined that the costs of asbestos removal, new air handlers and replacement of the peeling lead-based exterior paint could not be justified in light of the limited use of Lindheimer and the poor viewing conditions caused by lake haze and Chicago lights. The Lindheimer telescopes were donated to Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
 
Lindheimer Astronomical Research Center Demolition