Mel Stoutsenberger shoots a famous telescope.
First visited Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory in Southern California about 30 years ago. For decades it was the largest telescope of its kind—its 200-inch mirror and f/3.3 aperture gave it four times the light-collecting area of the next-largest telescope when it went up in 1948. When I first visited, they were still using analog technology, and there were no computer systems yet. It just blew my mind how smoothly everything worked.