Talk:Mount Wilson Observatory

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Someone should write a couple of paragraphs related to the activities of Hubble. I believe that in the 1930s, he worked there and proved that the universe was expanding.

"In use for science"[edit]

There are a couple places that use this phrase, which is a bit of an odd way of saying it's being used for scientific research. I'm going to change it. (talk) 21:44, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Readability problems with section on 60-inch telescope[edit]

This section is concerned with the 60-inch telescope. Therefore I think we can remove the repeated text: 60-inch (1,500 mm) which is scattered throughout this section - it's repetitive and doesn't help readability. I would like to change this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by M62902 (talkcontribs) 11:45, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

I agree and have removed several conversions. I'm sure someone just did a search-and-replace. The common name of the telescope is the "60 inch" reflector or telescope (though it's also called the Hale telescope).   Will Beback  talk  12:31, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

Inches for historic telescopes[edit]

I just added non-SI-units to some given altitudes in meters (which is standard for most observatory-articles). In addition, I think that the term "100-inch Hooker telescope" is to be preferred over the SI-version (2.54 meter Hooker telescope), since this is the proper name for the historic telescope. I don't know the corresponding wikipedia style rule, but the article Palomar Observatory should serve as an example. Cheers, Rfassbind – talk 21:15, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

Follow-up: instead of fighting over the usage of SI-Units, I really would appreciate if some editors spent their time improving the article. Rfassbind – talk 17:02, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Repitetive edits to page[edit]

As stated earlier, there are too many edits of this page which are purely to change the units of measurements of the telescopes from standard to metric. The issue is that these units are also the proper names of the telescopes and no one refers to the telescopes by metric measurements. These telescopes and the majority of the observatory predate any metric naming and to call them by metric names or measurements is confusing and unconventional. This article is about a historic scientific facility, but not an article about science and should not fall under the convention of metric units only, as some have argued. Can some please properly format the units as standard American units with the proper metric conversions as needed to be understandable by all who are interested? The newer facilities, such as the ISI interferometer and the CHARA Array should be in metric units as they were built when metric was the proper means of measuring.

Is there an astronomy referee who can make these decisions about this article?

In the interest of disclosure, I work at the observatory and am adding content as an unpaid volunteer. I am doing it in my spare time in the interest of completeness and accuracy of the article. I do not gain from the content that I add to the page. An aerial photo on the page has also been incorrectly attributed to NASA, but is in fact mine. I have corrected the mistake and sourced the first instance of the photo on the internet, an archived page of the MWOA. I know this will trigger an automatic reaction by those who monitor for such changes. Please have the courtesy to view my comments about the photo so that I don't have to do it again. Please feel free to message me regarding content or changes to the page.Norm Vargas (talk) 11:08, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi Norm, thank you for that comment. It would be great if you could contribute to the article. Please feel free to do so. If you want to, you can read Wikipedia:Conflict of interest. No there aren't any referees, just good sources, consistency with other articles (such as the mentioned Palomar Observatory above), and the scrutiny of other editors (such as you and myself). If you have troubles to fix some units using the {{convert}} template, just post a comment here and I will do it for you. As for your image, thank you for correcting the errors in the image. However, I fear the image will be deleted from wiki commons if there is no clear license for its usage. Alternatively, you could explicitly permit the usage for this article (this would probably mean, that the image will be moved to here (locally) and deleted on wiki commons and on any other article that uses it). However I can't be sure about the intricate issues with licenses. That's why I release all my self-made images as {{PD-self}} without any restrictions. Templates for licenses are added at wiki commons in the license section of the image page (also see wiki commons' info about [choosing a license]). Just let me know if there is anything I can do in this thread or on my talk page. -- Cheers, Rfassbind – talk 12:00, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
Just noticed that your image has now been deleted. Hope that this was your intention. Good luck, Rfassbind – talk 03:10, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

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