Upgrade has Thacher School students star-struck

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Dr. Jon Swift (right) explains the telescope's capabilities during the Dec. 10 dedication ceremony.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The evening of Dec. 10, under a cloudy sky, The Thacher School held a dedication of its new, research-grade telescope and the school's freshly refurbished observatory. 
The eight-month observatory renovation cost $500,000 and included new computing resources, weather equipment, a science camera and a new 27.5-inch PlaneWave CDK-700 telescope that will allow students to gaze into deep space.
“It's an interesting story and it goes back a long ways, about 75 years ago, to a commencement address given at Thacher in June of 1942 by Edwin Hubble,” said Dr. Chris Vyhnal, Thacher's science department chair.

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