Luxury Outdoor Art Piece: The Porter Garden Telescope
By Debra Maurer
For those who are well-versed in astronomy, don’t let the lack of a tripod and cylindrical tube fool you: The Porter Garden Telescope by Telescopes of Vermont is as highly functional as it is attractive. In fact, it’s a new and improved version of the 1920s telescope designed by Russell Porter, which was a model for the 200-inch Hale Telescope.
Thanks to the superlative skills of a team of craftsmen and two designers of spy satellite optics, the new version is a vastly improved instrument that retains all the sculptural beauty of the original. It will spark conversations, delight owners and guests, and instill a certain awe when trained on the moon, the moons of Jupiter, or the rings of Saturn. The optics lift out in seconds, leaving a graceful Art Nouveau sculpture which can remain outdoors permanently as a distinctive centerpiece in a garden. The matching pedestal, also in bronze, bears the same verdigris patina as the telescope.