NEW SCOPE INSTALLED

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. All that was completed on Tuesday. Tuesday night Marvin (Butch) Demmers, Dean Martin and myself carried the Cave telescope up the stairs and installed the scope onto it’s mount. The two parts had not been together together since May. Wednesday night I polar aligned the mount. ¬†There will need to be some tweaking on the alignment and the setting circles I am sure, but for now, it is done. All in all, the scope works great and the tracking seems to be very good. I can’t wait for this full moon to go away so I can try the scope out on some deep sky objects. We are almost ready for our “open house” October 12th. It is hard to believe that this scope will be 50 years old this year!

Old pier before

Old pier before

Old pier after

Old pier after

Astrola mount installed

Astrola mount installed

 

Cave telescope installed

Cave telescope installed

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Greg Eckes

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I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.

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