Instruments by Boller & Chivens.

Photographs provided by Don Winans, scanned and posted by Peter Abrahams.

Further information is needed:

1. More information on each photo: names, dates, places, and any other details. Corrections are sought: of spelling, and of details.

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Updated 18 March 2009.

  • Site survey telescope.
  • 4 inch astrograph.
  • 4 inch astrograph, detail, Model 18972, Serial number 3401-1.
  • 16 inch and Herb Wooster, director of manufacturing
  • 16 inch at Kitt Peak, 1964
  • 16 inch at Kitt Peak, 1964, detail
  • Assembly of 16 inch for Univ. Montana, 30 inch for Univ. Texas, and secondaries for the 150 inch at Kitt Peak.
  • 24 inch for Univ. of Oregon. 1967.08.01.
  • 24 inch for Univ. of Oregon. 1967.08.01. L to R, Don Daniels - B&C; E.G. Ebbinghausen - U.O.; Bob Poindexter - B&C; Don Winans - B&C.
  • 24 inch for Univ. Oregon. 1967.08.01.
  • 24 inch for Univ. Oregon. 1967.08.01.
  • 24 inch for Univ. California Lick Obs., with Bob Poindexter of B&C.
  • 24 inch for Univ. California, detail.
  • 36 inch telescope and spectrograph, with Ed Fengler, July 1967.
  • 36 inch telescope with spectrograph, Kitt Peak.
  • 40 inch for Siding Spring, Australia. Left, Harry Boller.
  • 40 inch for Siding Spring, Australia, with Don Winans.
  • 40 inch telescope for Siding Spring, Australia. Probably the first 40 inch telescope.
  • 40 inch for Carso; 40 inch for Tel Aviv; 24 inch astrograph for U.S. Naval Observatory; 24 inch for Lowell Observatory at Perth.
  • 48 inch for University of Western Ontario.
  • 60 inch for U.S. Naval Observatory at Flagstaff.
  • Assembly of 60 inch for U.S. Naval Observatory at Flagstaff.
  • 60 inch for U.S. Naval Observatory, declination axle alignment at L&F.
  • Front, 60 inch for U.S. Naval Observatory, final assembly & wiring. Rear, 40 inch for Siding Spring, Australia.
  • 90 inch for Univ. Arizona.
  • unidentified large reflector
  • Bill de Boynton and unidentified reflecting telescope with flip secondary.
  • 5 models of telescopes, line drawing, dated March 1968.
  • Installation of a telescope, 1961.12.26. 'Job 2953'. Don Winans, left.
  • Installation of a telescope, 1961.12.26. 'Job 2953'. Don Winans, right.
  • The first Baker-Nunn camera. Left to right, Clyde Chivens, Harry Boller, Joseph Nunn.
  • The first Baker-Nunn camera, detail, text not quite decipherable.
  • Baker-Nunn camera, probably another view of the first.
  • Baker-Nunn camera for U.S. Air Force, used on Quajaline Island to track re-entry of orbiting objects.
  • Baker-Nunn camera, with Karl Henize & Audry Stinett.
  • Baker-Nunn camera. Time elements by Norman Clock, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • Baker-Nunn slitless spectrograph, with B&C general manager Frank Shafer.
  • Ballistic camera for missile tracking.
  • The facet eye camera, 25 television cameras mounted for missile tracking.
  • High resolution camera.
  • High resolution camera, detail.
  • High resolution camera, rear view.
  • 4" x 5" camera and guiding eyepiece.
  • 4" x 5" camera and guiding eyepiece, detail.
  • Phantom telescope dome computer. To align the dome slit with the telescope. For Lick Observatory, 1967.
  • Master equatorial mount for the 210 foot radio dish at Goldstone.
  • Fabrication of a dome, May 1972, 1.
  • Fabrication of a dome, May 1972, 2.
  • Fabrication of a dome, May 1972, 3.
  • Fabrication of a dome, May 1972, 4.
  • Solar telescope for the Aerospace Corporation, May 1967.
  • 12 foot solar spar. Oct. 1965.
  • Solar coronagraph for the University of Hawaii. Job 9493.
  • Solar spectrograph for Sacramento Peak Observatory, 1965.06.15.
  • Solar spectrograph for Sacramento Peak Observatory, 1965.06.15, detail.
  • Spectroheliograph for 60 inch telescope.
  • Spectrograph to mount at the Cassegrain focus of the 61 inch U.S. Naval Observatory telescope, 1968.06.24.
  • Cassegrain spectrograph with Bill Rarig & Larry Steimle.
  • Cassegrain spectrograph, detail.
  • Flare spectrograph for Sacramento Peak Observatory.
  • Large spectrograph for use at Cassegrain focus.
  • Spectrograph, with Larry Steimle & Chet Wheeler. Photo numbered 31523.
  • Drawing by Demaree showing 'Theires' installation (spelling uncertain).
  • Drawing by Demaree showing the proposed orbiting 'Deep U.V. Survey' of the Univ. of Texas.
  • Drawing by Demaree showing a vertical coudé spectrograph.
  • Drawing by Demaree of GEODSS main telescope.
  • Drawing by Demaree of GEODSS auxiliary telescope.
  • Bill de Boynton testing a worm gear.
  • Testing a worm gear 2.
  • Optical testing of an equatorial mount.
  • Testing rig for forward looking radar.
  • unidentified testing room
  • Apparatus for Hill Air Force Base, a collimator fits in each hole, possibly for testing photographs.
  • Testing bench at B&C Pomona; Unertl mount for optical flats in foreground.
  • Calibration rig for strain gage balances.
  • Schlieren viewing system for wind tunnel.
  • Three axis positioning machine.
  • Microphotometer with Al Chapman.
  • Microphotometer, detail.
  • Perkin-Elmer microdensitometer.
  • A console (front & rear), probably for U.S. Naval Observatory, Flagstaff.
  • A console, 'Side-Looking Radar Presentation Viewing Measuring Equipment'.
  • Motor speed controller. An older design by Harry Boller.
  • Boller & Chivens building at 916 Meridian, Pasadena.
  • Engineering building.
  • Engineering. Bill Raire, center. Bill Willis, right.
  • Electronics assembly.
  • Machine shop.
  • Machinist at a milling machine.
  • Machinist at a large lathe.
  • Another machinist.
  • Multiband camera for the U.S. Army.
  • Pass point measuring instrument. Job 2882.
  • Remote weather station.
  • Stereo plotter.
  • Wind tunnel beam balance for JPL-Caltech 1.
  • Wind tunnel beam balance for JPL-Caltech 2.
  • LSO landing aid for the USS Ticonderoga. Mounted under the deck of an aircraft carrier, with the optical prism extending above the deck. Transmits a TV picture to the pilot as he approaches the carrier.
  • LSO landing aid, reverse of photo.
  • X-ray test facility 1.
  • X-ray test facility 2.
  • X-ray test facility 3.
  • unidentified object
  • unidentified parts
  • unidentified console & test apparatus, photo was filed with papers on encoders.
  • unidentified worker & equipment.
  • 6 inch Warner & Swasey meridian circle at U.S. Naval Observatory, unknown connection with B&C, photo found in B&C files.