Better Vision for the Observatory TelescopeJuly 29, 2019
The large telescope in the Observatory Dome is being repaired. Every few years, the telescope's mirrors should be cleaned and re-coated, so that they will continue to accurately and effectively reflect the light from the heavens.
The mirror, weighing about 140 lbs, was then winched down the stairwell and into a shipping crate for its trip to the mirror re-coating company. Both the primary and secondary mirrors are being cleaned and recoated in this long-overdue maintenance effort. They should be back from the mirror re-coating company in a few weeks. After their return, and re-installation, the Observatory will return to operations and the autumn public observing schedule will be announced.
Many thanks to emeritus professor, Dr. J. Scott Shaw for organizing the maintenance, to everyone who helped with it, and to the Department of Physics and Astronomy for paying for the shipping and re-coating.