Stansbury Park Observatory Complex 2 (SPOC 2)
Harmons Observatory
The 81 cm (32") "Big Scope"
10 FEB 2002 to 02 SEPT 2004
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SLAS member Bruce Grim demonstrates how observers will look through the "Big Scope" once it is finished.  No matter where the scope is pointed the eyepiece will remain in the same position. 10 FEB 2002

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Bruce Grim, Andy Bogdan and Boyd McNeil socialize around the "Big Scope" mount. 11 FEB 2002  Ron Ford image

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Andy Bogdan, Ron Ford and Bruce Grim mount the bracket that will temporarily hold the 200 mm Brandt refractor on the "Big Scope" mount.  The refractor will be used to align the mount before the "Big Scope" OTA is installed. 14 FEB 2002

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Bruce Grim makes sure the refractor mounting bracket in securely in place. 14 FEB 2002

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The tube for the Brandt 200 mm refractor arrives. 17 FEB 2002

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The tube for the Brandt 200 mm refractor disappears into the "Big Scope" Room where it will be used to polar align the "Big Scope" mount. 17 FEB 2002

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With the Brandt refractor attached to the "Big Scope" mount Bruce Grim and Roger Butz work to balance the load. 17 FEB 2002

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22:14:45 (Universal Time) Patrick Wiggins, Roger Butz and Bruce Grim enjoy first light at SPOC 2 (a hazy view of the Sun). All agreed that the mount exhibited buttery smooth motion in both RA and Dec (way to go mount designer and builder Bruce Grim!).  17 FEB 2002

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Roger Butz gets another look at the Sun.  The refractor tube is about the same length as the "Big Scope" tube (but just a fraction of the width). 17 FEB 2002

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Roger Butz, Bruce Grim and Ron Ford examine the newly arrived drive motors and electronics that will be installed on the "Big Scope".  01 MAR 2002

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Newly installed RA drive assembly. 20 MAR 2002

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Newly installed Dec drive assembly. 20 MAR 2002

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Andy Bogdan and Roger Butz hold the Big Scope's end caps.  21 MAR 2002

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Chuck Hards shows the placement of the aft caps cooling fans.  21 MAR 2002

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Chuck Hards shows how the off axis cover will be installed as Roger Butz looks on.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Bruce Grim, Chuck Hards and Roger Butz inspect the newly finished tube.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Roger Butz and Patrick Wiggins inspect the tube's various ports.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Companion System's Al Tiley, John Hansen and Chuck Hards with the tube.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Roger Butz looks on as Patrick Wiggins and Chuck Hards check the fit of one of the access port covers.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Andy Bogdan, Roger Butz and Bruce Grim begin wrapping the tube.  21 MAR 2002

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Andy Bogdan and Roger Butz finish wrapping the tube.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Patrick Wiggins and Roger Butz move the tube towards the door. 21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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The tube being strapped to the trailer.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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On I-215 and headed for SPOC.  21 MAR 2002 Ron Ford image

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Roger Butz guides the trailer and tube toward the Big Scope Room's double doors. 21 MAR 2002

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Bruce Grim, Roger Butz, Ron Ford and Andy Bogdan guide the tube into the Big Scope Room.  21 MAR 2002

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The tube stowed and awaiting installation on the mount.  21 MAR 2002

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Patrick Wiggins checking the alignment of the Big Scope mount.  02 APR 2002

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Bruce Grim tweaks the azimuth adjustment of the Big Scope mount.  02 APR 2002

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Roger Butz, Bruce Grim & Patrick Wiggins (not shown) install the 40 cm (16") optics from the original SPOC telescope on the Big Scope mount. The scope will be used with CCD and video imagers (no eyepieces) once the observatory reopens in the spring.  The Big Scope itself will replace this temporary set up once its optics are received.  15 JAN 2003

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Bruce Grim drills frame support holes in the center section of the truss tube. 02 Sep 2004

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Bruce Grim cuts out part of the mirror support. 02 Sep 2004

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Bruce Grim checks the mirror support  02 Sep 2004

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