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Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:36 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 6th July 2014:

Three Tawpians today,

The Treasurer continued with Observatory Box Ring Renovation whilst the Assistant Treasurer and Chair removed stored timbers from the lecture hall committee room.

The timbers were assessed on the concrete area in front of the Lecture Hall then moved to the observatory basement where they will be cut to length, treated and installed.

It was discovered after the Chair had his trousers messed up that there was a leaking paint tin in the Committee Room.

There is a little white paint on the floor tiles but should come off when dry with assistance of a washing up abrasive pad or something similar but not too abrasive.

Several aircraft participating in the RAF Waddington International Airshow passed over; Typhoon, Spitfire, something I did not recognize and the Vulcan could be heard in the distance too.

Cup of coffee and biscuits too.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:34 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 12th July 2014:

Today was spent at the Boultham Park Summer Gala in Lincoln.

The weather was near ideal as two members kindly brought along their solar telescopes to show interested folk the latest activity on the Sun.

Also the smaller Society 150mm Newtonian telescope was also set up looking at a distant bouncy castle. It was use full aid to advising visitors on telescope set-up too.

The day lasted from 10am until 1630pm, a bit longer for the Treasurer who set up his very convenient collapsible gazebo.

Food was purchased from the mobile burger and ice cream vans. No unwanted side effects of which have been reported at time of writing.

The Boultham Gala event has provided the Society now for over years the opportunity to interest the wider Lincoln community in Astronomy.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:49 pm
by DIYastronomer
Saturday 26th July

Only two members attended today.

Work continued on removing part of the dome skin from the ribs and box section. This is a difficult job as the dome skin is partly rotten as are the ribs and box section. It is easy to destroy the skin, requiring a whole new section to be fitted- a job not envisaged. Anyway- it was completed successfully and a new cover for this part of the box ring will be fitted next time.

Work also continued in the kitchen lagging pipes and other small jobs. The kitchen and toilet receive no heat, so lagging the pipes is essential if they are not to freeze.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:46 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 2nd August 2014

4 Tawpians (AKA Society members) attended this week and good progress on observatory box ring resulted.

The work that was described in last weeks TAWPIA 2014 entry by DIY Astronomer that was planned for this Saturday was completed.

A small amount of tiding up of the site was also done in preparation for this weeks main meeting on Tuesday.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:02 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 9th August 2014:

Three members working on the observatory today. The Box ring repairs progressed well with additional internal support ribs fixed into place.

Two angle grinders in use today, one fitted with sanding disk the other with a masonry cutting disk.

The latter was used to cut grooves in a 600mm x 600mm* paving slab. The slab was then split into 300mm x 300mm* slabs that will be used as capping for the 6 columns now standing proud in the observatory basement.

Coffee and kindly donated jam donuts were a very welcome break into days activities.

If you are interested in Saturdays activities then perhaps visit, activities are normally underway by 1330. You will be very welcome.

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Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:33 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 23rd August 2014:

Did not post a TAWPIA last week because I forgot.

Last week 3 members continues Box ring repairs and cemented 300mmx300mm slabs into position on top of the six columns in observatory basement.

This week continued Box Ring repairs, removal and tidy up of sand bags in front of lecture hall.

The main event this week was the delivery and placement onto the observatory pier of refurbished telescope mounting. It is an impressive sight having been cleaned, painted, polished and greased. It has not been in such good shape since it was manufactured in the 1970's.

Alignment and fitting of motors will be a job for the Tuesday Evening observing group.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:11 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 30th August 2014:

Five Members participated today.

Attention was paid to the observatory dome skin. A number of joints were fibre glassed to form a weatherproof seal. When painted the dome will look splendid again as it did in 1982 and 2004.

A little activity in basement, a joist was cut to length and offered up to its final planned position. The remainder will follow in the next few weeks.

The steps to the site were cleared of overgrowing foliage and swept clear in preparation for Tuesday main meeting.

Cup of coffee, donuts (jam centered) and biscuits (assorted) were also consumed.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:11 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 6th September 2014:

Four members attended today.

The weather was a little damp today, despite this good progress was made on the dome skin.

Another timber was cut to length in the observatory basement and offered up into position to confirm design. An installation plan was formulated for the remaining timbers.

Coffee, tea and a few biscuits were enjoyed at Coffee/tea break.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:37 pm
by DIYastronomer
Saturday 13th September 2014

Three members in attendance this week.

The old kitchen has been removed from the top of the steps as well as other rubbish.

The main activity this week was to tackle the rot on the bottom shutter of the observatory. A wood and steel frame was added internally to stop the shutter twisting when opened. The two steel bars are now to be used to open the shutter and not pushing on the outer skin as has been done before. The rot on the outer surface has proved to be worse than expected and even though we haven't had much rain this week, the shutter skin was wet under the protective wood. This has been treated and the skin protected from the weather. Hopefully things will have dried by next week so that glass fibre can be added for strength and protection.

The outside head protector for the observatory door was put back in place after the summers repair activity. The dome was also swept to remove as much dust and debris as possible.

Re: TAWPIA 2014

PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:48 am
by TheChairMan
Saturday 20th September 2014

Tree members attended today with productive work done.

As stated in last weeks TAWPIA the plan was to continue with lower shutter refurbishment with the application of glass fibre matting and resin. This was carried out.

Also a couple more timber joists were cut to length and treated with preservative prior to installation in the future weeks.

The Observatory is approaching readiness for the coming darker nights.

Coffee and Buscuits