Tulare Astronomical Association
Celebrating 50 Years of
Sharing the Universe With Tulare County Since 1967.
The Arthur Pursell Observatory
The Stan Manro Astro Physics Center
The 12-Inch CAVE ASTROLA Telescope
This telescope was originally built in 1964 by Cave Optical in Long Beach Ca. The scope and mount have undergone significant repair and upgrades to improve performance and appearance. All of this work was performed by Greg Eckes. The work includes the following:
- The 12.5″ mirror was re-aluminized.
- The secondary mirror was replaced.
- The secondary mirror holder was replaced.
- The mount was completely disassembled cleaned and lubricated.
- The aluminum parts were polished. (The mount was never painted by Cave. It was called the “Chrome Deluxe” even though it is made out of aluminum.)
- The mount was rewired and the original electrical cords were replaced.
- Digital Setting Circles were added to the mount so that the scope can be used with a computer to locate objects.