Pictures from the telescope installation at GMU Observatory


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    100_5144.JPG Crane in parking lot (arrived night before between 1 and 2 AM I was told
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    100_5147.JPG Crane stopped in place due to hydraulics leak
    100_5148.JPG Waiting for crane to be repaired family Brown enjoys the spectacle
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    100_5150.JPG Crane serviceman arrives
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    100_5152.JPG Searching for the problem
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    100_5154.JPG Fork mount in trailer
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    100_5156.JPG Fork mount motor linkage
    100_5157.JPG Offloading fork mount
    100_5158.JPG Pedestal on pallette jack
    100_5159.JPG Crane, crane serviceman and HAZMAT crew at work
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    100_5161.JPG OTA (Optical Tube Assembly) on pallette jack
    100_5162.JPG Pedestal and fork mount waiting as crane begins setup
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    100_5164.JPG Fork mount awaiting
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    100_5166.JPG Fork mount, pedestal and OTA awaiting
    100_5167.JPG Continuing crane setup
    100_5168.JPG Fork mount linkage unloading
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    100_5170.JPG Crane setup continues
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    100_5172.JPG Crane setup from roof
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    100_5174.JPG Waiting by crane
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    100_5177.JPG Observatory pier prepped
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    100_5180.JPG Crane bringing pedestal
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    100_5184.JPG Crane lowering pedestal
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    100_5189.JPG Pedestal getting closer
    100_5190.JPG Family Brown spectating
    100_5191.JPG Pedestal getting raised again
    100_5192.JPG Pedestal getting lowered again
    100_5193.JPG More pedestal positioning
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    100_5196.JPG Pedestal now rests
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    100_5198.JPG Mirror mount
    100_5199.JPG Fork mount maneuvers
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    100_5204.JPG Fork mount assembly being hoisted
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    100_5207.JPG Fork mount assembly approaching observaotry
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    100_5214.JPG Fork mount assembly being lowered to pedestal
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    100_5216.JPG Fork mount assembly in observatory
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    100_5225.JPG OTA prep for hoisting
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    100_5234.JPG OTA hoisted by crane
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    100_5237.JPG Gap in fork mount assembly requires spacers to sit properly
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    100_5240.JPG OTA approaching observatory
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    100_5242.JPG OTA in dome
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    100_5244.JPG Positioning OTA
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    100_5250.JPG OTA in position
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    100_5258.JPG OK, someone got in the way of the camera
    100_5259.JPG Releasing OTA from crane
    100_5260.JPG Farewell crane
    100_5261.JPG View from wheelchair lift
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    100_5263.JPG Dr. Zoltek on wheelchair lift at deck
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    100_5348.JPG Conduit junction box at pier base
    100_5349.JPG Pier pedestal
    100_5350.JPG Conduit junction box in office
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    100_5352.JPG Observatory office
    100_5353.JPG Conduit junction box in ceiling
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    100_5355.JPG Conduit in ceiling
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    100_5358.JPG Conduit junction box at pier base with pull cords
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    100_5360.JPG Counduit junction box in office with pull cords
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    100_5362.JPG Mirrors in crates in office
    100_5363.JPG Telescope pedestal with spacer adapters
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    100_5365.JPG Pedestal
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    100_5367.JPG Conduit in ceiling
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    100_5369.JPG Optical tube assembly
    100_5370.JPG Computers control of telescope
    100_5371.JPG Optical tube assembly
    100_5372.JPG Stepper motor control electronics in pedestal
    100_5373.JPG RA stepper motor assembly
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    100_5375.JPG Primary mirror in crate on handicap lift
    100_5376.JPG Primary mirror in crate getting a lift
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    100_5380.JPG On lift looking down
    100_5381.JPG On lift going down
    100_5382.JPG Handicap lift on ground level
    100_5383.JPG On stairs going up...
    100_5384.JPG Mirror in crate on deck
    100_5385.JPG Mirror lift in place
    100_5386.JPG Guest at observatory
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    100_5460.JPG OTA brackets installed
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    100_5462.JPG OTA assembly
    100_5463.JPG More prep for mirror
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    100_5467.JPG Peer through OTA
    100_5468.JPG OTA set with mirror lift
    100_5469.JPG Moon outside observatory
    100_5470.JPG Engineering Building from observatory
    100_5471.JPG Moon on deck
    100_5472.JPG Primary mirror in opened crate
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    100_5476.JPG OTA looking up
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    100_5478.JPG Taking primary mirror out of crate
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    100_5480.JPG Primary mirror removed from crate
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    100_5482.JPG Marking primary mirror
    100_5483.JPG Ready to move primary mirror
    100_5484.JPG Moving primary mirror
    100_5485.JPG Lifting primary mirror
    100_5486.JPG Primary mirror on mirror lift
    100_5487.JPG Primary mirror on mirror lift
    100_5488.JPG Removing straps on primary mirror
    100_5489.JPG Primary mirror on mirror lift sans straps
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    100_5491.JPG Cotton on primary mirror
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    100_5493.JPG Taking primary mirror measurements
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    100_5495.JPG Lifting mirror with lift
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    100_5499.JPG Primary mirror baffle in place
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    100_5501.JPG Lifting primary mirror assembly to OTA
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    100_5503.JPG Cleaning prior to mating assemblies
    100_5504.JPG Continuing lifting to OTA
    100_5505.JPG Primary mirror assembly mating with OTA
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    100_5508.JPG Bolting mirror assembly to OTA
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    100_5510.JPG Lowering mirror lift
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    100_5512.JPG Completed OTA with mirror assembly
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    100_5515.JPG Closing upper shutter
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    100_5518.JPG View of primary mirror assembly from secondary
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    100_5520.JPG Completed OTA and mirror assemblies
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    100_5522.JPG View of mirror assemblies
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    100_5524.JPG View of mirror assemblies
    100_5525.JPG Primary mirror cell support
    100_5526.JPG Looking through the OTA
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    100_5528.JPG Installing AstroPhysics focuser
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    100_5530.JPG Looking through focuser installation
    100_5531.JPG OTA at rest
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    100_5533.JPG Declination motor drive assembly
    100_5534.JPG RA motor drive assembly
    100_5535.JPG OTA at rest
    100_5536.JPG South Korean students visit observatory
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    100_5540.JPG Getting set for first light with Moon
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    100_5544.JPG Moon through OTA sans eyepiece
    100_5545.JPG In search of Moon
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    100_5547.JPG First light attempt
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    100_5554.JPG Official FIRST LIGHT image from Kodak camera
    100_5555.JPG Lunar picture attempts with camera
    100_5556.JPG More lunar picture attempts
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    100_5560.JPG Eyepiece focuser assembly
    100_5561.JPG Phil Wherry at eyepiece
    100_5562.JPG Power cable for CCD
    100_5565.JPG Computer controls telescope
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    100_5567.JPG RA motor assembly
    100_5568.JPG Stepper motor control electronics in pedestal
    100_5569.JPG RA motor assembly
    100_5570.JPG Computer control of telescope
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