Lowell Observatory's Clark Telescope eyes facelift

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Lowell Observatory's iconic Clark Telescope is set to experience a much-needed facelift.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that after Monday the telescope will be removed and will undergo a restoration for more than a year as engineers and technicians carefully remove telescope components and repair or replace poorly operating parts.

The body will have to be removed by crane and each piece meticulously catalogued then refurbished. New pieces must be hand-fabricated.

The Clark's great white dome has been a hallmark of the Flagstaff skyline since 1896, two years after Percival Lowell decided to have his observatory built atop Mars Hill.

The telescope is named for its maker, Alvan Clark.

To restore the Clark, Lowell launched an online fundraising campaign earlier this year.

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