Monthly Archives: September 2013

Minor Website Updates

Hello all. We hope Fall is greeting you all with some welcomed cooler weather and clear skies. There have been several updates to the website recently and we wanted to bring them to your attention. We are hoping by streamlining administrative tasks we can focus more on the mission of the club and most of all spend more time sharing our passion with one another.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Septembers Work Day Update

Last Saturday the TAA had another work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. The place is slowly coming together. Here is what we got done.

  • Deva single handily cleaned the dome. I mean cleaned it! She literally scrubbed it down and moped it out from top to bottom. I don’t think it has ever been done.
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Greg Eckes


This week I have been busy working at the Arthur Pursell Observatory installing the refurbished 1964 Cave, 12.5″ f/6, Newtonian telescope. First I had to clean, paint and rewire the pier that was installed by the TAA in 1967. After the pier was reworked, I installed the Astrola, German Equatorial Mount.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

New Telescope For the TAA

Back in April I purchased a used 12.5″  f/6 Newtonian telescope for the TAA. It was built by the Cave Optical Co. in 1964. Cave was the premiere telescope maker in the US from 1950-1980. Their telescopes were the benchmark for all Newtonian and Cassegrain Telescopes at that time. They are still in use at many universities, colleges and observatories today.… Read the rest

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