Saturday, August 11, 2018
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
In 1914, Victoria was selected as the site for what was then to have been the world's largest reflector (72 inches). The location was deemed ideal due to its moderate climate and stable city size. The First World War caused delays in construction and the telescope did not become operational until 1918. By that time, the Plaskett telescope was eclipsed from being the world's largest by the Hooker telescope at the Mt. Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, California.