Peter Bolas Observatory

The PBO – latest

Hi Folks


The builders have now finished for Xmas so I thought I’d just send a quick update as to where the build has got to. The walls are up, the roof is on, the path is laid

They are back on Jan 3rd to do the next stage of the concrete pour (the floor and pier)

I have attached a few picsΒ  from today. The site is still like a swamp due to all the rain over the last few days


The PBO – First few days

Hi Folks,

As you’ve seen from Heather and Andy’s blogs, YES,IT’S ACTUALLY STARTED !!!!

I’ve been taking loads of photos and the timelapse camera seems to be working very well. So far it’s taken about 10000 photos. Of these, obviously only a small proportion are relevant, so if anyone wants 6500 photos of an empty field, let me know. The individual photos are 5MP

I’ve just added a few photos here of the important bit – the pier base. It’s the bit I was sweating about the most. The first pic shows Tim standing in the pier base former. He’s about the same height as me so you can see it’s going to be a fair chunk of concrete. As you can see from the second photo, the ground is anything but level. Three of us did a lot of checking to prove that the rebar skeleton is really vertical. I know it doesn’t look it !!! The land is on about a 7 degree slope in three directions.

The third photo shows the first concrete pour of the base , ready to be topped up when the full column is added. The final floor level is to the top of the plywood

The fourth pic is the completed footings just after the cement had been poured. Don’t worry, it’s not that shape – it’s a panoramic photo

I’ll be doing a full update at the RAG end of month meeting., along with my talk on fractals

I’ve tried to upload a low res version of one day’s timelapse (PBO12Nov_640_480.avi). It’s 29MB so I don’tknow if it will work.

When everything’s done, I’ll get Andy to upload the full version. With just 3 days of the build it’s up to 73MB so far but needs editing etc.



Observatory Dome revamp “final”, “final” session (at least one more final session to go)!

Great Spanish weather, great banter, Lees drone droning/buzzing overhead, much progress, welcome refreshments although as usual the Fig rolls didn’t last long! Pics from Sunday 1st July 2018. Also added pics from May and March sessions.

Lee droning on… groan!
Gluons have got nothing our glue ons! πŸ™‚
Even El Presidente can’t free me!!
Peter … free at last!

Original prototype in position. A few tweaks needed, but looks good thanks to Julian.

No, he’s not a DJ!

Ed smiling for the camera!
Peter the glue wear fashion guru!

Geoff mixing a cocktail for Terry! πŸ˜‰
Ed and Heather, what a powerful combination, at least as long as Ed does as he’s told! πŸ˜‰ Ha ha!