Governor joins advisory group

The Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, has agreed to join the advisory group for the project. Professor de Kretser is one of several community leaders, educators and astronomers who have expressed enthusiasm for the project. We are very grateful for their support and advice. See the full list.

Removal of declination axis and fittings from the cube

A previous news item reported the disassembly of the northern end of the combined axis assembly. The next big job was to remove the declination axis from the cube – an undertaking of similar magnitude, which similarly occupied several Wednesdays and many challenges.

The five major pieces – cube, northern cone, southern cone, bell housing and declination axis – are now resting on their respective pallets, a joy to behold and a sight to gladden the heart of a tired telescope dismantler.

See the article in Phoenix Newsletter – Issue 3, November 2009 (PDF 597KB) for a blow by blow account.

More archival material

Jim Pollock of the ASV restoration team has come across some more historical photographs, showing the newly-made GMT standing in Grubb’s Dublin factory in 1868, attended by Irish workers clad in hats, waistcoats and beards. Torn and faded depictions of a scruffy old industrial yard may be dull to most people, but these dog-eared daguerrotypes sent Barry Clark into excursions of ecstasy. Some hitherto baffling technical questions can now be answered by scrutiny of these photos.

Read more in Phoenix Newsletter – Issue 3, November 2009 (PDF 597KB).