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).