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Title: History of WASIs Observatory Project


1
History of WASIs Observatory Project
  • Curt Roelle
  • WASI Chairman

2
Not that long ago in a galaxy not all that far
away .
  • 1984 Westminster Astronomical Society

3
Previously existing Maryland Area Astronomy Clubs
  • National Capital Astronomers, Washington, DC

4
Active Amateur Astronomers of Maryland
  • ASSIMILATED!

5
WASI met monthly at Lewis Hall
6
Comet Halley Star Party
  • Hashawha Environmental Center
  • December, 1985

7
Bear Branch Planetarium
  • Planetarium Director Brian Eney

8
24.6 NASATelescopeMirror
  • Donated 1991

9
Installing PlanetariumRoof
10
Planetarium Construction Team
  • Goto Projector
  • 20 diameter dome

11
Solar Observingat Bear Branch
12
24.6DobsonianTelescope
  • Eyepiece

13
Family
14
Observatory idea born in 2003
  • Centralized facility for astronomy
  • Conveniently located in Carroll County
  • A site was needed with relatively dark skies

15
Observatory Fund Raisers
  • Donation Buckets

16
Steve Conard
17
Golf Tournament Fund Raiser
  • The Links at Gettysburg

18
Astronomy Day
  • Bear Branch Nature Center

19
Earth Works atBBNC
  • (Making the best
  • of a cloudy day)

20
Star Party for Blind Children
  • Held at the National Federation of the Blinds
    Headquarters

21
DonatedPremium 5-inchRefractor andPrecision
Mounting
  • Donated by (left to right)
  • Tom Engwall (mounting)
  • Tom Renn (optical assembly)

22
Linda Zimmer and Familyof Cambridge, Maryland
  • Donated the 14 Meade LX200 GPS telescope

23
Donated14 MeadeLX200-GPS Schmidt-CassegrainT
elescope
24
Donors (actual and pledged)
  • The Marion I. And Henry J. Knott Foundation.
  • Lehigh Cement
  • Community Foundation of Carroll County
  • Schuster Concrete
  • C. Richard Metcalf, Inc.
  • RTF Associates
  • Hands-On Optics
  • Terminix
  • C Star Farms
  • Linda Zimmer
  • Tom Renn Tom Engwall

25
Whats Next?
  • Phase 2 Re-engineering the 24.6 telescope

University of Marylands Eichner 20 Bent
Cassegrain
26
WASI Volunteers
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