The Adirondack Public Observatory held a dedication for the donation of a new telescope gifted by Al Nagler in memory of his sister, Trudy Deutsch, a long-time Tupper Lake resident.
The dedication took place Tuesday Aug. 14, at the APO offices, 95 Park Street, Tupper Lake.
“I felt it was only appropriate that I bring a telescope here in her memory and her honor so that other people can enjoy what she enjoyed here,” Nagler told several dozen attendees of family, friends and astronomers.
Marc Staves, one of the two APO founders recounted one of the star-gazing parties at the Little Wolf Beach.
“Al just arrived at the site, unloaded his telescopes and other equipment and simply joined in.” Staves added that Nagler has never forgotten the community of Tupper Lake.
The telescope, said Nagler, is a refractor type, useful for imaging, visual, wide-angle and close-up viewing.
“The idea is to have an instrument that is useful everywhere for many purposes, and it's built to last a lifetime,” Nagler said. “That is my goal, and I've been working on it for many years, and this is the latest version of this.”
The attendees all had an opportunity to look through this new telescope a a simulated version of the night sky, to see first-hand how it works.
Nagler said he admires the work the APO is doing, with its emphasis on educating your people and the community at large and he is glad to be a part of it.
Tpper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun and Town Supervisor Roger Amell both spoke at the dedication ceremony.
“This is going to push the Adirondack Public Observatory ahead,” Maroun said.
Amell noted that, ”Tupper Lake's schools and all the schools in the region will certainly benefit from this donation and the presence of the APO. We really appreciate it.”
Keith Wells, APO President, summed up the ceremony by quoting Nagler as saying, “Astronomy is the most wonderful pursuit, and if we had more amateur astronomers in the world, we'd solve a lot of fundamental problems. The more people who enjoy and understand our place in the universe, the better our own planet will be. And if I am a Pied Piper in this regard, that's what I want to be.”
Wells concluded, “Through the work of Al Nagler, the wonders of the universe will forever be available to children and adults everywhere.”