It is really happening…!
At last the Peter Bolas Observatory is being built – take the chance while you may to come along to Rosliston Forestry Centre and see it going up. The observatory is located at the side of the archery field.
Photos below c/o Ed.
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.
Heather told us all on Friday night that building of the new Peter Bolas Observatory at Rosliston Forestry Centre will start soon. It has taken such a long time to get to this point. The family and I (Hannah, Ean Ean, and Rhys) felt this was a good time to record what the site looks like prior to the start of building for prosperity!
The observatory is going to be build on the corner of the archery field near the bird of prey centre and next to the tree trail and large sundial, and not far from the café and seminar room.
A group of us met at the yard at Rosliston Forestry Centre for our latest session getting the dome ready for the observatory. Led by our stalwart observatory lead, Ed Mann, ably assisted in the coffee department by Heather, the team stuck strips of material along the seams between fabric lining on the fibreglass panels of the observatory roof, and Ed installed the first of Julian’s new prototype roller bearing assemblies for the observatory sliding telescope door. I took pictures and looked on whilst others worked hard! No room for me at the inn – or at least no room in the observatory dome for me as well as everyone else! I did not mind – I got sun-burnt yesterday at the Science Day and my arms were a bit sensitive! I know……..a man’s excuse – I may as well have said I was suffering from man-flu!
Message from Ed:
Well, once again, many thanks for all who turned out for this next stage of the refurb. We’re getting to the final stages now, with just the chain/ motor mechanism to be refitted, the internal surface to be sprayed, and any remaining fibreglass tape to be fitted (Yes, we ran out of adhesive again, but that was due to damage in the post). There is another 2.5 L pot on its way and I’ll order some more disposable brushes and gloves etc.
As Andy said some time ago, this is a great focus for the group, and we definitely had some funny moments again yesterday. Two of these for me were when you could see the realisation dawning on Damien when the milky, inoffensive copydex-like adhesive suddenly turns into a ravening beast that wants to stick you to anyone and anything around you. It’s pretty impressive glue
Secondly was a comment that Paul B made when about how quiet it had gone (we were all busy). After seeing Damien’s world record attempt to see how many things he could stick to his hands, I said ‘Maybe Damien has glued his mouth together as well’. All I heard was a muffled ‘Mmh Hmmm’ from inside the dome but it sounded funny at the time
As you can see from the photo, we were all hard at work that morning!
I picked up the rebar ‘skeleton’ this morning so we now have all of the necessary bits to build the pier for the telescope. The ‘skeleton’ is pretty substantial and I could only just pick it up on my own. I have all of the ducting in the garage and I’ll have to see how that all fits together now. The piece you can see on the right is the template that I made for holding the studs in place in until the concrete dries. It’s a piece of plywood I had lying about, which for the last 10 years was actually the platform for the slide in the village playground. We replaced it recently with a new piece. Recycling in action, huh?
Several of us turned up on a very wet Sunday morning for the third observatory working party – today the plan involved sanding down the runners and putting back on the bearings for the observatory dome roof slit opening. Julian (Palmer) has spent a long time renovating these in advance of today’s session.