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Re: TAWPIA 2014

Postby TheChairMan » Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:13 pm

Saturday 27th September 2014

2 Members this week on site.

The Treasurer adjusted the reconditioned observatory Mount.

The Chairman treated with preservative 2 wooden joists prior to future installation in the Observatory basement project.

The Treasurer and Chairman updated visitor and former member of changes to the Lecture Hall and Observatory since his last visit 10 years ago.

When listed it is surprising how many important projects have been completed over the years. Lecture hall heating system, Lecture hall side door, Observatory refurbishment, concreting and drainage, hand rails, kitchen renovation, Lecture hall floor tiles, site Fencing, and telescope automation to name just a few.

There are more jobs and projects that need doing so please visit on Saturdays: it can be enjoyable.
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Re: TAWPIA 2014

Postby DIYastronomer » Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:58 pm

Saturday 4th October 2014

Two members on site this week in the rain. The main job was a bit of tidying up the greenery so that we can get down in the dark. Cutting back things harder was cancelled due to the weather.

The video system and heating were checked as the visits season starts Monday. Graham is looking for helpers for this.
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Re: TAWPIA 2014

Postby TheChairMan » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:17 am

Saturday 11th October 2014:

4 members attended this Saturday.

There was a concerted and successful effort to uncover the light that illuminated the steps. The earlier part of this year particularly, saw more plant growth than is normal.
The site has quite a bit of shrubbery which can get out of hand if not checked back regularly.

A couple more timbers were cut to length and treated with preservative in preparation for installation in the observatory basement project.

The Telescope drive mechanism was given a workout to prove reliability.

Also a discussion on Geiger counter dark energy project. Specifically breakout of Global Positioning System (GPS) One Pulse Per Second (1pps) waveform from NEO-6M module.
The Chairman brought up his Arduino Based effort attached to a Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) off-cut and this was pondered.
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Re: TAWPIA 2014

Postby TheChairMan » Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:42 am

Saturday 1st November 2014

Three Members attended today.

A sort out of the Lecture Hall Committee* room was started.

Path and steps to the site were swept. This time of year they quickely get covered in leaves.

A general discussion about jobs that need doing.

* Also known as store room but intention was to be committee room. The Chair recalls along time ago a meeting being held in room.
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Re: TAWPIA 2014

Postby TheChairMan » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:45 am

Saturday 8th November 2014:

Four Members participated. A wet day but jobs carried out.

Steps swept again, this time of year the leaves soon build up. Since last week a couple of mole hills have appeared. These were removed. Moles are interesting creatures belonging to the Talpidae family of animals. It may be burrowing its way to the observatory for a look through the telescope. Moles are highly developed for a life underground and consequently have poor eyesight. Should it wish to, accommodation can be made for it to look through the society telescope, but expectations will need to be managed accordingly as to what is visible.

Committee/Store room received further attention. More floor tiles are being uncovered as the sort out continues.

The Surround sound system was tested in the Lecture Hall.

Coffee and donuts too.
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