Stansbury Park Observatory Complex 2 (SPOC 2)
Harmons Observatory
Inception Through Getting the Floor Ready to Pour
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001

SLAS's own Ken "Red Baron" Warner took this photo of SPOC in October 2000. Note that the new observatory will be built to the left of the current dome near the lower soccer field goal post (the soccer field will be moved to the east).

002

Model of the Harmons Observatory at SPOC 2 as viewed from the southeast. Only one of the two slide off roofs is shown.  The 40 cm (16") Ealing scope is shown in the foreground while an early (now abandoned) design of the 81 cm (32") scope is shown in the rear.  The center room will serve as a control & storage room (its roof will not move).

003

Model of the Harmons Observatory at SPOC 2 as viewed from the northwest.

004

Model of the Harmons Observatory at SPOC 2 as viewed from the southwest.
 

005

Roger Butz, Patrick Wiggins and Bruce Grim during an early survey of the site, Fall 1999.  McNeil photo

Images 005 & 006:  SPOC 2 Committee Meeting, 18 NOV 2000. McNeil photos

006

Committee members meet for "Advanced Training" at the Flying J to discuss progress and plans.

007

Bruce Grim's arm is bitten as he puts a hex on Patrick Wiggins (Actually it's Bruce pointing out features at the SPOC 2 site).

008

Ken Harris, Boyd McNeil & Andy Bogdan survey the site, 21 FEB 2001.  McNeil photo

009

Andy Bogdan drives a survey stake as Ken Harris and Bruce Grim look on, 21 FEB 2001.  McNeil photo

"Real" ground breaking for SPOC 2
010

Back hoe and operator (provided at no cost to SLAS by Stansbury Park) making the
first "real" dig at SPOC 2 on 01 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

011

Roger Butz, Bruce Grim and back hoe driver Colten Parks inspect the site shortly after Colten removed the sod, 01 MAR 2001. McNeil photo

012

Roger Butz, Bruce Grim and Andy Bogdan survey the site, 01 MAR 2001. McNeil photo

013

Bruce Grim, Andy Bogdan and Roger Butz prepare the site, 01 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

"Official" ground breaking for SPOC 2
014

SLAS President Siegfried Jachmann addresses the crowd prior to the official SPOC 2 groundbreaking, 03 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

015

Several members head to the official SPOC 2 groundbreaking, 03 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

016

Siegfried Jachmann, Bruce Grim, Mark Meadows, Vaughan Parsons, Patrick Wiggins and Bill Richardson prepare to dig in at the SPOC 2 ground breaking ceremony on 03 MAR 2001.  Photo by Rich Tenney

017

Siegfried Jachmann, Bruce Grim, Mark Meadows, Vaughan Parsons, Patrick Wiggins and Bill Richardson with "first dirt" at the SPOC 2 ground breaking ceremony on 03 MAR 2001.  Photo by Rich Tenney

018

SPOC 2 engineer Reinhardt Bsumek speaks with SLAS President Siegfried Jachmann after the official groundbreaking, 03 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

019

Devra Filler and her daughter Katie enjoy the official groundbreaking, 03 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

020

Several members celebrate the official groundbreaking, 03 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

021

Pier holes ready for concrete, 13 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

022

Roy Lacy, Bruce Grim, Andy Bogdan and Roger Butz prepare the pier holes for filling, 13 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

023

Roy Lacy, Bruce Grim and Roger Butz prepare the pier holes for filling, 13 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

024

Roy Lacy appears to be sleeping on the job but is actually eyeballing the pier hole forms, 13 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

025

Roger Butz and Andy Bogdan level the pier forms, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

026

Roy Lacy and Roger Butz eyeballing the forms, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

027

Roy Lacy, Roger Butz, Bruce Grim and Andy Bogdan adjusting the pier forms, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

028

Bruce Grim drilling holes for conduit, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

029

Boyd McNeil spraying the Ealing pier forms while Bruce Grim and Andy Bogdan work on the "Big Scope" pier forms, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

030

Bruce Grim, Roger Butz and Andy Bogdan during the first pier pour, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

031

Andy Bogdan, Bruce Grim and Roger Butz finishing the piers, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

032

Newly poured cement piers covered with tarps.  The pier for the 81 cm (32") telescope is in the foreground, 17 MAR 2001.

033

Bruce Grim with the Simpson Steel truck used to deliver the concrete reinforcing bar, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

034

Colten Parks unloading rebar, 16 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

035

Bruce Grim demonstrates the depth of the foundation (actually he was kneeling), 21 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

036

Andy Bogdan prepares floor forms, 21 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

037

Roger Butz, Bruce Grim, Andy Bogdan and Ken Harris prepare floor forms, 21 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

038

Boyd McNeil dumps a load of gravel, 21 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

039

East end of the building showing the Ealing pier base.  Black pipe will be buried in the concrete and be used to run control and imaging cables between the Ealing and the control room, 22 MAR 2001.

040

West end of the building showing the pier base for the 81 cm (32") telescope, 22 MAR 2001.

041

Building site, looking to the east, 22 MAR 2001.

042

Bruce Grim cutting conduit, 22 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

043

Bruce Grim tying rebar for the floor, 22 MAR 2001.

044

Andy Bogdan & Wayne Clarke confer with Bruce Grim as Boyd McNeil looks on, 23 MAR 2001.

045

Bruce Grim, Siegfried Jachmann and Mr. Milan (with CPC Concrete), 22 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

046

Robert St. Marie tying rebar, 22 MAR 2001.  McNeil photo

047

Wayne Clarke working with rebar, 22 MAR 2001. McNeil photo

048

Patrick Wiggins tying rebar for the floor, 23 MAR 2001.

049

"First blood".  Patrick Wiggins shows the effects of flying rebar on a hard head, 23 MAR 2001.

050

Much work going on as President Jachmann mans the desk, 23 MAR 2001.

051

Siegfried Jachmann making sure Bruce Grim gets it right, 23 MAR 2001.

052

Rebar work nearly complete, 23 MAR 2001.

053

Siegfried Jachmann inspecting the nearly completed floor rebar work, 23 MAR 2001.

054

Bruce Grim & Siegfried Jachmann schmoozing the building inspector, 23 MAR 2001.

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