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.

Cutting The Block

Cutting The Block

Block cut & ready to break out.

Block cut & ready to break out.

Trimming the opening

Trimming the opening

Air conditioner installed.

Air conditioner installed.

 

  • August 6th we held out monthly meeting at the APO with the new air conditioner installed.
  • August 11th Mike Lopez and I went out to the APO to look at the Perseid Meteor Shower and to try out the 17.5 inch dob. It was the first time that this scope had seen light in eight years. The scope was not properly cared for since it was last used and suffered some damage. One of the truss poles was broken on one end and had to be replaced. Tom Logan had a new pole made las month. Mike and I had two minor problems to deal with while we set up the scope. The magnet that holds the encoder arm to the rocker box was missing. This meant that we couldn’t use the computer to find objects. The Telrad wasn’t working either.  I found out later that the LED was burned out. I replaced it and now works fine. I brought my own Telrad from home and put it on the scope. First light was impressive.  We looked atM7 the Ptolemy Cluster,  M8 the Lagoon Nebula, M20 the Trifid Nebula, M13 Hercules Cluster and Galaxy 6207 next to it, M31Andromeda Galaxy 32 and 110 and the Double cluster. We also looked at the Network Nebula and Veil Nebula in Cygnus. During the night, Mike and I only counted about 10 meteors in two hours. We left the APO at 11:45. It was a great night to observe the Milky Way. The sky was beautiful.
Mike Lopez looking through the 17 inch Dob

Mike Lopez looking through the 17 inch Dob

  • August 17th the club had a work day at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. Dean Martin, Butch Demmers, Deva and Richard Demari, Marty and Joyce Ferguson, Don Manro, Mike Lopez and Kimber Glick and myself were all in attendance. Don, Mike and Kimber rehung the posters in the Astro Physics Center that were taken down during the installation of the air conditioner. The also hung the original 10″ telescope, that was in the dome, on the back of the Astro Physics Center. It will be part of the new “Founders” display. This display will tell the story of the TAA. Everyone else worked outside moving dirt and spreading bark. Deva really impressed everyone with her ability to use a shovel and a rake. What ever you do, don’t get in her way. She is one mean spreading machine. Because we had so many people helping, we got a tremendous amount of work done. We started at 7 a.m. and finished by noon. The observing area is now 3/4 covered with bark. The bark will help keep the dust and weeds down.

I want to say THANKS to everyone that helped. What a great day and a great group of people!

Before

Before

The whole gang

The whole gang

Deva, Richard, Don & Mike

Deva, Richard, Don & Mike

Bark 3

After. The ground is now 3/4 covered.

  • August 27th members of the TAA will be sponsoring a booth the the Tulare Farmers Market on K Street. If you want to meet us and join in on the fun, come on by and say hi. This would be a good time to join our group. Hope to see you there.

Greg

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Greg Eckes

President

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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