Removal of hour angle drive gear from northern cone

This mighty effort was our frst job – I won’t call it a baptism of fire, as the GMT has already had one – and is best described as four tasks.

I am pleased to report that we have succeeded. We grew to relish the sound of the “crack” as a nut or bolt suddenly began to rotate under our ministrations. That, and the smell of WD-40 in the morning…

See the article in Phoenix Newsletter – Issue 2, August 2009 (PDF 1.5MB) for a detailed account of our struggles over several weeks.