TAA Annual Report 2013

I want to thank all of our TAA members for their support this year. With your help we have been able to stop the deterioration of our observatory facility and start the rebuilding the Tulare Astronomical Association.

Our club has been blessed with so many wonderful members this year. Your enthusiasm and interest in the club has been a real source of inspiration to me. Here is a short list of what we have accomplished this year.

  1. We made the “Stan Manro Astro Physics Center” usable for club activities and public presentations.
  2. Installed an air conditioner in the APC (Astro Physics Center).
  3. Started electrical upgrade to the APC.
  4. Found our TAA history and roots.
  5. Made the restroom functional and clean.
  6. Fixed the broken light shield around the observing area and closed the open south west end.
  7. Made the observing grounds usable by getting rid of the weeds and installing groundcover.
  8. Installed two new gates in the observing area to control people and car traffic.
  9. Sealed the dome so that birds cannot get inside.
  10. Cleaned the dome and installed new weather seal around the bottom edge and red lighting.
  11. Installed a new larger and professionally made telescope.
  12. Purchased video projector and screen for making presentations.
  13. Upgrades to our website enables us to accept donations, membership and renewal payments over the Internet. I want to thank my son Danny for creating, maintaining and upgrading our website for free. It has taken him untold hours of work to do all of that. Our website is not “plug and play “. Our website is “custom coded” to our specific needs. This is a great gift to the TAA.
  14. Held our first public event at the APO in ten years.

I want to thank our neighbors out at the APO for there help. Thanks to Glen Wright for the use of his excavator to remove the palm tree and for digging out dirt from our observing area to make room for the bark. This will help to keep the weeds down. Thanks to Dean Martin for the use of his tractor, tools and help with everything we have done at the APO.

None of these activities could have happened if I hadn’t had such a wonderful board to work with. The TAA board, Marvin Demmers, Moses Diaz and Mike Lopez, put in extra hours discussing and planning events and budgeting the money we needed to spend to get things done. Moses legal expertise has greatly helped our club and board to be more professional.

This year the TAA had a new beginning. I hope you are as proud of the TAA as I am. We have accomplished wonderful things this year. We have made the Author Pursell Observatory a place where we can share our love of astronomy with our families, friends and community. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Happy New Year!

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Greg Eckes


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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