Nearly every part of Lowell Observatory's Pluto Discovery Telescope and accompanying dome near Flagstaff has been refurbished, from the trio of lenses to historic wooden shutters that open up to the stars, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
"It's a beautiful telescope," said Ralph Nye, part of the restoration team. "This is the way it should look."
The team removed, cleaned and reused everything down to the nuts, bolts and screws — almost nothing needed to be replaced, said Peter Rosenthal, who also worked on the telescope.
The observatory said the nearly 90-year-old telescope is working as well and is looking even better than it did when Clyde Tombaugh used the instrument to pick out distant Pluto 88 years ago....