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Observatory Roof Retraction System Test: Success!

Mike checking out the end pulley of the roof retraction system.

Mike checking out the end pulley of the roof retraction system.

Roof retraction system ready for testing

Roof retraction system ready for testing

Adrian, Mike, Scott and Charles attended at the observatory on 26 September and installed the roof retraction system for our SCC Observatory. This consists of a winch that draws the roof back and forth. The system worked wonderfully, but we need to put extra bolts in the hold down claws the cable mounts to as there is a lot of torque on them and install a stronger cable than the 1/8″ aircraft cable we used for the test.

During the test the local wildlife had an observer by the observatory: a rabbit who seemed unconcerned by our presence which we named “Lepus” (after the constellation) and made our unofficial mascot.

Rabbit observer "Lepus"

Rabbit observer “Lepus”


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