[Chaos-l] Telescope Rehab
jhanzak at unctv.org
Fri Nov 16 10:50:44 EST 2007
Michael Hrivnak <mhrivnak at hrivnak.org> writes:
>Once we restore the 5 telescopes, how will they be used? If we are going
>seek money to pay for mirror services, it would be quite helpful to have
>vision for the scopes.
Our original vision is to offer a telescope to several high schools in the
area. The fear there is that they will be put into a corner and forgotten
and we waisted our time. Morehead has an observing deck where they use
several 3.5" telescopes for their astronomy classes. We could give them a
couple of 8" scope. We may sell one or two to generate some funds for the
club and to help pay for the cost of refurbishing.
We would like to keep one or two as club scopes as well. We would need to
retrofit a Dobsonian mount to the current telescope bracket, but I think
we can easily do it so that we can use either style mount. These classic
telescopes would be fun to use during our community out reach.
Just a couple of ideas. Not written in stone by any means and by all
means, open for discussion.
>If we can't come up with the money, would we be willing to sell one of
>restored scopes? I imagine that the sale would cover most of our costs.
>would just need a small loan until we were ready to sell one, which would
>be hard to come by.
>Do we have a firm quote yet for the mirror services?
Not a firm cost from a coating company that we want to use. I'll get one
as soon as I can.
>Can we get a discount?
>I'm excited about the project, so I'm just looking for ways to help it
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