Observatory Impossible

With little resources and lots of time and free labor, the Arthur Pursell Observatory is being renovated and updated. We call this project

“Observatory Impossible”

Observatory & Mountains

The following pictures will show you what we found when we opened up the observatory December 4, 2012.

You will also see what we have done.

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The sidewalks and observing pads were covered with weeds and debris.

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Some weeds were knee high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water pipe 1

The water pipe was broken. The water was shut off for several years.

Weeds 1

Palm tree branches covered the sidewalk..

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Mud Daubers made their homes inside of the meeting room.

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Anything made of paper was eaten by insects.

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So much junk you could not walk around the room.

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The open space you see had been filled with junk.

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Dome 1

The dome had become a giant bird house.

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The dome smelled like a barn.

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Birds nested in the dome door motor.

On December 28th 2012 Marvin Demmers and Greg Eckes started cleaning the dome and meeting room.

Cleaning Marvin blowing out room 1

Marvin Demmers

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Dome Cleaning

Water pipe 3

January 1st Dean Martin & Greg fixed the water pipe.

 

 

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Broken pipe exposed.

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Water Pipe Finished

Broken pipe fixed

 January 12 the TAA club members started the clean out.

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Kimber working her magic in the restroom.

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Moses vacuuming the meeting room.

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Cleaning Nic & Mike

Nick & Mike cleaning and sorting things to be thrown out.

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Marvin loading Dean’s truck with junk for the dump.

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Don sorting out things.

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And the junk kept on coming o..

 

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Our sign was hung outside

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick, Dean & Ranger, Ronnie, Marvin.

Clean restroom

Thanks Kimber & Jeanne for cleaning the restroom.

Clean Sink

The restroom is now useable.

Thanks Dean, Don, Marvin, Mike, Nick & Ronnie for cleaning the meeting room and the grounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room cleaned

Front of room

Room cleaned 2

Back of room

 

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Room cleaned 3

Closet

Sign hung 1

End of the clean-up day.

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Dean Kimber & Sander

Floor had to be sanded to remove the old glue. Thanks Dean and Kimber.

Butch & Don

It was a very dusty job. Thanks Marvin and Don.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Floors were painted with epoxy garage floor paint.

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Painted floors make a big difference

First TAA meeting in the cleaned room since 2003 was on May 1, 2013

Tom Logan telling a joke at one of our first meetings at the Arthur Pursell Observatory.

Tom Logan telling a joke at the first meetings at the Arthur Pursell Observatory.

East Wall

Mike Lopez listening to Marvin Demmers presentation.

Cave Astrola telescope replaces the original TAA telescope in the dome September 2013

Greg Eckes showing how the Cave telescope works.

Greg Eckes showing how the Cave telescope works.

Cave telescope installed

Cave telescope installed

First public star party at the restored Arthur Pursell Observatory October 2013

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

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

 The Astro Physics Center is re-roofed in September 2014 with a temperature of 104 deg.

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 Eagle Scout Matthew Schoenau and BSA Troop 251 rebuild the platform for our observing dome.

Wooden Deck and Metal Stairs Before

Wooden Deck and Metal Stairs Before

Deck Removed

Deck Removed

Deck & Posts Temporarily Installed

Deck & Posts Temporarily Install

Matt Standing on the Completed Eagle Scout Project

Matt Standing on the Completed Eagle Scout Project

 

 Observatory today 2016

APO Outside Finished

Arthur Pursell Observatory

Sign Complete

Bob Anderson and Devin Tucker made and installed new street sigh in April 2015

Manro Astro Physics Center

Manro Astro Physics Center

Star Party

Star Party

Please donate to keep the dream alive.

You can help save Tulare Counties only publicly supported observatory.

Mail checks to: Tulare Astronomical Association
P.O. Box 753
Visalia, CA 93202-753

Thank You for you support.