I met Russ Schleipman at an IDFA event yesterday. Russ is the marketing and communications director for Telescopes of Vermont. His father, Fred Schleipman, is a scientist and tool maker who is now reproducing the Porter Garden Telescope, an amazing piece of sculpture for the garden that is also a fine piece of technology. Russell Porter made history with this beautiful and functional creation in the early 1920s. It now resides in the Smithsonian.
Russ showed us the telescope – and as a piece of art, it is stunningly beautiful and lovingly crafted. A treasure, to be sure.