Observatory Corner

Original article appears in GuideStar September, 2015.

New Observatory Pads

by Mike Edstrom, Observatory Director

I am pleased to tell you that all the pads in the second addition of private observatories have been leased. During the past week San Bernard electric upgraded the transformer on the west side of the site and Grindt Electric hooked up the new power system so the power is on and ready for new observatories. Construction on the new observatories is moving right along as 3 of them are under construction and I’m hearing from several others they are planning a concrete pour for piers and floors soon.

The Observatory committee has several items on the list of projects for 2016 and once we have funding we will be announcing them. If you have any suggestions please contact me to have them added to the list for consideration. 

We are in the hottest time of the year so be sure to drink plenty of fluids when you come and take advantage of HAS’s most valued asset the dark site. Please remember to fill out your observing log and put it in the center box on the observing field if you should forget we have them available on the website for your convenience just look on the observatory page fill it in and submit it electronically.

As a safety reminder please read the sign posted on the side of the metal building at the dark site which has directions to the hospital and contact information for the sheriff’s department it also has the address to the site in case of a medical emergency.

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