Sep ASSA Bulletin
in the member downloads section of the CSAS web page
Phase 2 of the observatory project at Starry Meadows was started on 5 Aug with Scott Donnell, Randy Donnell, and Tom Zimmerman spending the day installing the concrete foundations for the deck. Also present was the observatory mascot and project supervisor Anna (aussie shepherd/border collie mix).
To ensure the concrete footers were properly placed, Tom constructed a set of risers that temporarily elevates the observatory deck a few feet off the ground – giving us working room to expand the holes as needed. Using a plumb we positioned the forms and Randy and Scott mixed and poured concrete into them. Tom followed after using the plumb to precisely position the anchor bolts into the concrete.
In a few weeks we’ll head back down to custom cut and install the 4×4 support posts and attach the leveled deck to the footers. That will complete phase 2. After that we’ll assemble the observatory on the deck in phase 3, If all goes well we hope to have the observatory ready for use by September Skies Stare Stare.
We are full-up at our observing site at Glendo State Park and are no longer accepting registrations. At one of the upcoming CSAS monthly meetings we will review activities and processes for the registered participants and offer suggestions for those of you who are not registered but wish to view the eclipse.
Seasons Greetings Everyone!
Joe Grida, President of the Astronomical Society of South Australia sends his holiday greetings along with the January issue of the ASSA Bulletin (found in the member’s download section of the CSAS web page). They experienced the hottest Christmas day in 75 years in Adelaide with the temperature reaching 41.3 deg C!
Relayed from Joe Grida, President of our sister organization ASSA in South Australia:
I’m pleased to report that our observatory at Stockport was spared by today’s fire only by metres. Our neighbour to the south, Pat Savage, reports that the observatory is fine. There are burn marks in his backyard. There was a building fire in the adjacent property to the west, but details of actual damage are at present sketchy.
David Bennett, our Vice-President, plans to visit the site tomorrow morning and will report back.
Date: October 29, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Place: East Library Community Room (map below)
This month’s meeting will be an exciting change to the usual meeting. CSAS members will be bringing their equipment and knowledge to share with the public. Please come and ask questions, see what kinds of telescopes we use, cameras, etc and enjoy a hands-on evening at our Equipment and Observing Techniques Expo!