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John J. Ruiz, 1894-1978, Astronomer, Craftsman and Friend

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Lewis J. Boss

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John Ruiz was one of the first amateur astronomers to mix photo-electric cells, vacuum tubes, and telescopes electronically. In the December, 1951, Issue of Sky & Telescope, he reported on his observations of variable stars with his 8-inch reflecting telescope and a photoelectric photometer which he had built himself. John was not only an assiduous observer, but he was also an excellent craftsman with a remarkable ability to thread his way through the complexities of electronic design. In addition, he had the capability of inspring new comers to astronomy to "go out and do likewise."


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