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All of the large observatories, that have been constructed in recent years, are located in high and dry altitudes where the sky is almost always clear and the atmosphere is steady. It is a useless waste of money to locate a large telescope where climatic conditions are unfavorable…. The situation is quite different when it comes to the construction of small student observatories such as are found on the campus of many of the universities. Every city as large as Dallas, no matter what the atmospheric conditions may be, should have one or more small observatories where students may learn by actual observation some of the wonders of the universe…. It was primarily for this latter purpose that the Blanton Student Observatory was constructed.

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