Work Day

Greg Eckes

March Madness

This weekend was very busy for TAA members. The club had a lot of activities going on at the same time in deferent places.

First I want to thank Reese Williford for stepping up and offering to help Dean spray our parking lot weeds. That was a big help. The weeds were really getting out of control.… 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

First public event in ten years at APO a big success!

Connie Sousa poses with a telescope in the Astro Physics Center.

Connie Sousa (guest) poses with a telescope in the Manro Astro Physics Center.

The Tulare Astronomical Association held its first public event at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in ten years on October 12, 2013. It was a great success. Most of our club members worked at the event. Jeanne, Sue and Tom greeted people as they entered and collected fees.… 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

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

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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Greg Eckes

March 16 Work Day @ APO

We will be having another work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory in Tulare this Saturday. We will be washing walls, and equipment in the Astro Physics Room and the Observatory dome. We will also be working on the landscape. The idea is to make the place as safe as possible for people walking around in the dark.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Work Day Report at the APO

The TAA is renovating our 46 year old observatory. We would like have our first public star party at the observatory on April 13th.  The observatory has not been used for ten years. The original purpose of the observatory and the TAA was to provide astronomy education for children and adults in our community.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

Work day January 12, 2013

What a great day. You people are fantastic! Here are some pictures.

Kimber & Jeanne did a great job “Chick-a-fying” the restroom. Bathroom Cleaning Kimber 7
Cleaning Moses Moses did a great job cleaning the meeting room
Marvin ( Butch) doing his favorite job Cleaning Marvin blowing out room 1
Water pipe 3 Dean with his favorite toy.
Mike and Nick sorting through the junk. Cleaning Nic & Mike
sign 3 Nick, Dean, Ranger, Ronnie & Marvin hang our sign.
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Butch Demmers

Tulare Observatory

Congratulations to all us for a very successful day at the observatory yesterday!  Through dint of hard work we managed to bring the old place back to life.  Greg, thanks for all the “extra” work you put in to get us to where we are.  And a special thanks to Jeannie (Greg’s wife) for feeding us all.  … Read the rest

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