This year several of the awards are going to people whose contribution may have been overlooked in previous year’s awards. This award is one of them. The recipient of this award has received this award in the past for a telescope he designed and constructed in the mid-90’s. The Awards Committee felt, however, that his contribution to this field greatly exceeds the construction of a single telescope. He has helped numerous members design, build, repair and restore telescopes over the years and his expertise in the field of optical design and manufacture has put exceptional mirrors in many of our member’s scopes.
Since so many member (including I suspect many other previous recipients of this award) have benefitted from his advice and may have one of his mirrors built into their telescopes it seems fitting to award this year’s Angus Smith Award For Excellence in Telescope Design and Construction to Barry Arnold.