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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:05 pm 
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I've just been over to Bill's to fit our new DIY light-shroud to the BBT - it certainly looks a lot smarter than with the "interim" cardboard one:
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We made this new one from a sheet of high-spec tent underlay:
http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Camping-Equipment/Camping-Mats/Closed-Cell-Foam-Mats/Tent-Underlay-15m-wide-by-per-metre-length-BEA-TULM
This is much more robust (and waterproof) than the old cardboard one, which was starting to disintegrate.
And that material also looks ideal for DIY dew-caps.

And we also spotted (for the first time) that the 'scope tube has provision to fine-adjust its balance, by sliding the pivots up or down:
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so that's something else to play with the next time we assemble it - at the moment it seems slightly back-heavy, so we'll try moving the pivots back toward the primary by a couple of millimetres...


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Looks very snug and tidy,well done.


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:11 am 
Nice one guys, looks far more professional than the cardboard and I'm sure it will work better now also.....great stuff


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:16 pm 
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Well done, looks good, can't wait to have another viewing evening.

I think we need a Bolton Astronomy sticker underneath the handles

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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:31 pm 
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All credit has to go to Ross, he's got a new Blue Peter badge for this one

I will keep an eye on the weather and see what we can come up with

The BBT is all tucked up and safe ;)


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:14 pm 
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This morning I received the following message from Sharon Bolus at Bolton CVS

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Hi Carl,

Thank you for sending in the monitoring, the grant has now been signed off.
It’s good to read that the telescope has attracted more members and that the events that take places are well received, thank you for all the feedback with the pictures and drawings that the children did.

Kind Regards,
Sharon Bolus
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I want to say thanks to all of the those involved and help support the project. As you can tell from the thread allot of people where involved. The telescope has a lot more to give, so lets hope we get some more clearer skies so we can use it more.

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Carl

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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:55 pm 
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Carl,
Well done - a great credit to your efforts - getting the grant then finding such a monster telescope(!) and finally getting the procedure successfully signed off.


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:04 am 
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DRatledge wrote:
Carl, Well done - a great credit to your efforts

Hear, hear!
I remember that I was sceptical when you suggested that we could get a grant from the CVS, but you've showed the vision and leadership to see it through - well done.

With the poor weather over the last three months, we've not seen the best of the BBT yet, but hopefully we will get at least a couple of clear dark nights with it before the summer?


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:18 am 
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Yes, Well done Carl.
One day, 100 years from now someone will give a talk about the BAS and the BBT and rename it in your honour,
" The Stone Telescope 2012"
But must not forget all the others who were involved well done.


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 Post subject: Re: The Big Bolton Telescope
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:37 pm 
Hmmmm that's a nice thought Carl from Peter :)
Maybe we should rename you Jeremiah stone :lol:
Joking aside, well done, it's a great achievement and a good asset for the club.
Lets just hope for more clear skies so we can use it :roll:


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