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!
This Friday 7.30pm…. but we’ll get going whenever Andy turns up (so 7.45 – 8.00 hopefully) !
Plenty of Food, Raffle, good company…. and a fun quiz – a great way to round off another RAG year !
All proceeds to the Club Observatory Fund.
See you there…
Well, 3 brave souls ventured forth again to do battle with the dome refurb, and we had quite a productive day reassembling the shutter track and chain rollers. The shutter is back on, albeit the chain drive isn’t re-installed yet
We’re getting there…. slowly
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?
It’s Official !!!! The PBO observatory has been born!!!
Heather and I had the Build Start meeting this morning with Tim Leonard the builder, Louise GLover (SDDC Project Manager) and Wayne Chesterman from the Forestry Centre.The build will be starting in the next 2 weeks
Heather started digging immediately and would have carried on until Tim told her he was going to use a JCB to level the site.
I think it was absolutely right that Heather dug the first sod, as she has been a major driving force in getting us to this stage. The view in the first photo is looking south, and the stick in the ground is the centre of the dome (just to the left od the clump of the trees
Exciting times ahead
Measham Tesco kindly put Rosliston Astronomy Group’s observatory forward as one of their worthy causes. Members of the community shopping at the store chose between three causes – each time they shopped they received a plastic coin to put in the slot next to cause of their choice. Depending on how many coins you get, the store will give a donation of variable size.
So, will we come 1st, 2nd or 3rd……
Photo below from Ed Mann on 27/5/2017 @ 13:25:
Ed emailed, “First place or second place I think. It’s a close call. We [observatory fund] are the box on the right.”