Talk:Henry Fitz

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Fitz couldn't be the first[edit]

When I read:

He was the first American to make refracting telescopes.

I immediately thought of David Rittenhouse - he died before Fitz was born and was a maker of refractor telescopes. Thus Fitz could hardly be the first. I'm sure there are many other American telescope makers that predate Fitz. Perhaps he was the first to specialize in making very large professional telescopes, but he's definitely not the first to make a refractor in the US. --Michael Daly (talk) 20:07, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

I could very well be wrong in the way I wrote that. I am going by this reference on page 395, however it could very well mean very large professional telescopes. Also in the Journal of the Antique Telescope Society, Volume 6, Summer 1994it speaks of Fitz constructing the largest American made refractor on five different occasions. I have reworded the article to very large professional refracting telescopes, which I now believe to be better wording. --Doug Coldwell talk 22:05, 11 November 2008 (UTC)