Building the Main Observatory

In September 1982, we were ready to begin construction. Ian got a carpenter friend, Bernie, to supervise, and the help was most welcome. By the end of the first weekend, the walls and most of the roof were constructed. Over the next few years, paint jobs and various other upgrades were made to the building.


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Bernie, in white t-shirt, directs club members how to construct the east wall. Ian Cooper, in the background nails a sheet of T1-11 siding to the frame.


And here's how we propped it up. It took about 10 of us to lift this wall.



Ian Cooper and Denny Jefferson prepare the alumining siding that will be put on the 4 corners of the building.


Denny Jefferson takes a break on the pier. Dan Rehner and Skip Westphal also take a breather from the heat.


In 1983, Dan Rothstein and Bob Petti install one of the flaps on the south part of the building


The entire tube needed flat-black painting on the inside. Earl couldn't fit inside, so we volunteered a smaller-sized member for the job.


Denny hoists the 80 pound mirror and its holding cell up to the back of the scope.


Don Himes upgrades the roll-off roof mechanism in 1988.



The east wall ready to go up.


The west wall getting ready to be hoisted. The observatory pier appears in the foreground. The frame that separates the obervatory from the warm-up room is behind the pier.


The roof over the warm-up room is put in place.


A couple of weeks after initial construction. The roof over the observing room is a roll-off style. A rail runs the entire length of the building. This roof rolls over the roof of the warm up room.


Earl Paullin paints the inside of the tube. We're getting ready to install it in the observatory for our 1983 summer convention to dedicate the telescope and observatory.


Denny Jefferson cleans the 16 inch mirror, while Ed Winslow (left) and Doug Caprette (right) watch.


Chris Caprette walks out of the observing room. The telescope is ready for use.


A much needed paint job in 1987.