Observatory Restoration

This link will display posts regarding the cleaning, restoring and rebuilding the Arthur Pursell Observatory.

Greg Eckes

Eagle Scout Project Completed

Back in October of 2014, Matthew Schoenau contacted the TAA to see if he could upgrade our old wooden platform to our telescope dome, for his Eagle Scout Project. The existing platform has been replaced at least three times since 1967. Each time it was replaced with wood. Over time the deck boards warped causing the nails to pull up creating a safety hazard.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

A big THANK YOU to Troop 251

It has been quiet this summer at the APO. Still, things are getting done at the observatory. On July 11, the Boy Scouts of Troop 251 came out to the APO and spread bark on the East and South sides of the observatory grounds. The temperature was in the low 90’s.  … 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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Greg Eckes

Busy Month for the TAA

This month has been really exciting and busy for the TAA.

  • July 30th, the TAA installed an air conditioner in the Astro Physics Center. It was donated by a friend of Tom Logan. MD construction cut a hole in the concrete block wall of the Astro Physics Center and Tom and I installed the air conditioner.
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Greg Eckes

TAA hosts party for DASH Physical Therapy

Last Wednesday, the TAA hosted a private party for DASH Physical Therapy employees. The event was held at the newly renovated Arthur Pursell Observatory. Kimber and her husband Jason BBQed try-tip steaks. We also had green salad, potato salad and bread and drinks. It was all delicious!

After dinner, Marvin and I gave power point presentations about the observatory and the night sky. … Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

More work done on the observatory

Last night Dean Martin, Tom Logan, Butch Demmers and myself, went out to the observatory to finish spreading the bark we had left. We also cut weeds, and cleaned the sidewalks and pads. Butch filled in a giant hole in the wall, between the Astro Physics Center and the restroom. It has been there for years, letting in all kinds of bugs and other creatures into the restroom.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

The Arthur Pursell Observatory is now open for club business.

The TAA held their monthly meeting, at the newly refurbished Arthur Pursell Observatory, Wednesday night. This was the first time the observatory’s, Stan Manro Astro Physics Center, had been used for a meeting since 2004. Greg Eckes opened the meeting with a photo presentation of the APO’s renovation project. The club spent the last five months cleaning, and painting the  Astro Physics center.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Update on the Work Day at the APO

Saturday we had our fourth work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. Mike Lopez, Jeanne Eckes, Carlos Dominguez, Butch Demmers and I were present. We pulled the weeds next the building. Most of the day was spent emptying the Astro Physics Center and the restroom. We also pulled nails and scraped tape off of the walls.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

APO update & Pictures

Saturday we had our 3rd work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. We really got a lot done. Kimber, Don and I took everything out of the Astro Physics Center and set it outside to be cleaned and dusted. Then we washed down the walls and floor. Butch and Mike cleaned the walls, floor and dome track.… Read the rest

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